Sermons & Seminars

Margaret Mahy is a wonderfully imaginative poet, whose rhyming, alliteration, and creative use of language delights us all.  “Bubble Trouble” is the only children’s poem featuring in a collection of New Zealand’s 100 finest.
Glynn Cardy
It’s funny how one week away, time spent with the kids can accumulate so much in the last week of the month. I struggled this week to find a way to share a sermon this morning from this week’s lectionary and the experiences I have had during the...
Fa'amanu Akeripa
The story of Cain and Abel is one most who preach avoid.  It has a difficult god.  It has an evasive lesson.  Why is Abel favoured because he farms animals, and Cain unfavoured because he farms crops?  Does not this god of favourites bear some...
Glynn Cardy
The parable by Pete Rollins, read this morning, is titled ‘Being the Resurrection’.  It contrasts two approaches to being a disciple, a follower, of Jesus.  One way was to follow the example of his radical life in behaviour towards others.  The...
Glynn Cardy
My favourite symbol of Easter is the rabbit.  Maybe its my childhood with Beatrix Potter.  Cute, little mischievous fellows and fellowesses, with lots of cousins.  Or maybe it’s my love of the absurd.   I remember one painting of Jesus hanging on...
Glynn Cardy
There is an old story about a cobbler who came to Rabbi Isaac of Ger and said: “Tell me what to do about my morning prayer.  My customers are poor men who have only one pair of shoes.  I pick up their shoes late in the evening and work on them most...
Glynn Cardy
Palm Sunday.  One of those bible stories that got made up to make a message.  Not so much about donkeys and humble messiahs.  More about ‘don’t presume’.  Don’t presume that hope comes dressed in the robes and roles of power - military, political,...
Glynn Cardy
In Galatians 2:20 Paul writes, ‘It’s no longer I who live’.  The ‘I’ has died (metaphorically of course) and been re-born into a ‘we’.  The identity of the old Paul has died (though traces remain) and a new identity has been forged.  He calls this...
Glynn Cardy
I’ve been pondering this week about this word ‘Up’ The Merriam-webster dictionary states ‘looking up’ as a sign of respect or admiration, looking up to an older brother, or the kids looking up to their coach. Psychologists say that when analysing a...
Fa'amanu Akeripa
Growing up in Auckland as a kid of the 80s, I had been used to the carefree nature that we had everything in front of us. We had our playground in front of our house, a piece of grass the size of the foyer area. No gates or fences to keep us in, I...
Fa'amanu Akeripa
Every Lent at least one of the readings will be about the story of Jesus being tempted, 40 days and 40 nights, in the wilderness.  It echoes of course the Moses story of wandering in the wilds for 40 years before finding the so-called ‘promised land...
Glynn Cardy
  Like all good myths, the story of Saint Valentine is sketchy.
Glynn Cardy
Waitangi literally means ‘water of tears’ – a name which can infer both grief and tearing apart, as well as the healing of grief (of which tears are a part).  It’s also a name which underlines the importance of water for life, for journeys and...
Glynn Cardy
There is a myth that wealth, success, and happiness can be yours if you simply believe you will we get it, arrange your life to that end, work hard, and speak as if it is a reality.  Some call it a purpose-driven life.  With you in the control seat...
Glynn Cardy Matthew 5:1-12
The windows are the rear of the nave face the preacher each Sunday, and – in my imagination anyway – offer comment.  I face the coffee club of Margaret, Ruth and Miriam [a formidable trinity].  At a former parish, the preacher faced Jesus and a bat...
Glynn Cardy Acts 10:1-35
Fences. Joy Cowley. Aotearoa Psalms Mark 1:4-11   Does anyone make New Year’s resolutions these days? Did any of you make a New Year’s resolution? I guess it is not too late if you have a mind too. We are only one week in to another year. Why do we...
Susan Adams
An adaptation of work by Rex Hunt. For the past two decades there has a new “old” kid developing on the progressive religion block.  It is a movement called Religious Naturalism or RN.  While it may be new to many, it has a long pedigree stretching...
Glynn Cardy
The weird, the wonderful, and the wacky. I could be describing my Nana’s Christmas pudding.  A bit of everything went in.  All sorts of fruits, and nuts, and flour, and alcohol, and colourful things, and sweet things, and slightly sour things…  It...
Glynn Cardy
Three Kings came riding from far away, Melchior and Caspar and Balthazar; Three Wise Men out of the East were they, And they travelled by night and they slept by day, For their guide was a beautiful, wonderful star… Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   The...
Glynn Cardy
  Who are you - what are you waiting for? Christmas is only days away! 12 days away .... so it not unreasonable to suppose that all the conflation of stories and images that we have from Bible and seasonal cards are swirling about - including the...
Susan Adams John 1:6-8, 19-28

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