Sermons & Seminars

Last month Ireland voted overwhelmingly to repeal its near-total ban on abortion.  The electorate has told the government to overturn the 8th amendment to the Irish constitution [inserted only in 1983].  This decision, with some similarities to the...
Glynn Cardy
  The rain, then the Auckland wind, and then the mid-year plunge of the thermometer have, over the last month, arrived.  The chill has descended and it’s time to go inside, to turn on the heaters, fill the hot water bottle, drink warming soup, and...
Glynn Cardy
There is a question in our service this morning that reads in part:  “Do you respect the doctrine … of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand?”
Glynn Cardy, Pentecost 2018
I was at a function last week where it emerged in conversation that I was preaching on Mother’s Day.  One of the guys responded, ‘Ah, that’s easy.  You just stand up and in your best Italian accent say ‘Love your mother!’ I smiled.  It’s a great...
Glynn Cardy
Introduction: Our religious tradition has a God on the move: transient; in flight; of no fixed abode. Sure at times the ‘EC’ [ecclesiastical controllers] have wanted to plonk God in a temple [fortress?], and put a purity wall around it, and say: ‘...
Glynn Cardy
Sometimes it is the very last frame of a movie that tells you what it has all been about.  Such was the case in Helen Edmundson’s and Philippa Goslett’s Mary Magdalene.  That frame reminded us that in 591 CE Pope Gregory I affixed the label of ‘...
Glynn Cardy
  The fourth Sunday in Easter is often known as “Good Shepherd Sunday”, since in each year of the Lectionary cycle the Gospel Lesson comes from John Chapter 10, and Psalm 23 is the Psalter reading: “ I am the Good Shepherd…….. “   “The Lord is my...
Graham Whaley
In this post-crucifixion time, the days after that cruel Friday, the fledgling members of the once-was-a-Jesus-movement are struggling with trauma, pain, and despair.  This took years, not three literal days!  And even then, even after they had...
Glynn Cardy
Thomas wants some data... He's not a sucker! None of this  ..... "I'm your friend - believe because I tell you" stuff! He's a 'show me the evidence' man. 'And what's wrong with that?'  we post-enlightenment people might well ask! With him we too...
Susan Adams
When the Resurrection is reduced to something that happened to one man two millennia ago we miss out.  We miss out on the richness that this Resurrection parable can point to – a participatory vision, which embraces all humanity, a vision of a...
Glynn Cardy
This homily by Glynn Cardy 2018 is an adaption of Giles Fraser’s piece in the Guardian called “Christianity, when properly understood, is a religion of losers.”   When Jesus was nothing but a suspended carcass, dripping with his own blood and other...
Glynn Cardy
This service tonight continues the long prayer which began on Palm or Passion Sunday.  The prayer of Holy Week is a journey that follows the liturgical pattern formed by our Christian ancestors in the 2nd and 3rd centuries.
Glynn Cardy
Children’s talk: Today we remember an old story.  It’s a story about Jesus entering the city of Jerusalem – the city that was centre of religious, political and economic power in Israel – riding on a donkey, and being greeted by crowds of people...
Glynn Cardy
Last week, when I was preaching about Billy Graham, the Reverend Sande Ramage was also talking about him.  She writes:
Glynn Cardy
“And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.”  John 3:14, 15: 
Glynn Cardy
So here, in the SECOND CHAPTER of John’s Gospel we are told that Jesus has arrived in Jerusalem! And one of his first acts is an act of violence – the CLEANSING OF THE TEMPLE! Jerusalem! A seething political and religious battleground in the 1st...
Graham Whaley John 2: 13 – 22
In God we live and move and have our being.[i]   Theologically we call this the incarnation – not the idea that God lives somewhere out in space and sends Jesus down to us – but the idea that God is closer than our very breathing[ii] and has always...
Glynn Cardy
Our land, Aotearoa, is blessed with rivers.  Rivers bless us with their life and energy and potency and spirit.  There were some who bridled last year at the thought of the Whanganui River being given the legal status of a person under a unique...
Glynn Cardy 2 Kings 5:1-17, Mark 4:2-9
In 1999, Margaret and I went in search of two great uncles who were killed in the First World War. The journey to find the memorial where my great uncle is named led us to Messines or Mesen in Belgium. It was a strange feeling driving into the...
Allan Davidson Deuteronomy 10. 12-21 Ephesians 2. 13-18
There is a story of a young Navaho woman who came to visit a friend in New York City.  The friend was delighted and escorted the woman around the bustling, noisy, polluted and vibrant city.  As they were passing down Fifth Avenue in one of Manhattan...
Glynn Cardy

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