how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?

Talks & sermons

Deep in the Anglican tradition is a prayer asking God for the grace to hear, read, learn, mark and inwardly digest the parts of the Bible we read each Sunday. The Bible is a complicated and contested book. But if we inwardly digest it, the Living God changes our lives for the better. That's why each week, we ask someone to wrestle with what God is saying to the church through this strange and beautiful book, and to report the results to the rest of us. That's what we call a sermon. Some of the results can be found below …

Values, Geopolitics & Realpolitik

Prof Robert Ayson

Talk #2 in the Stuff That Matters series: Since the Cold War, international relations have been in a state of flux. China's Peaceful Rise, Brexit, Trump, Russia Today and Cambridge Analytica... the list goes on. In this lecture, Professor Robert Ayson, from Victoria University of Wellington's Department of Strategic Studies, analyses the flux, and asks whether there's any place left for values in the confusing new geopolitical world.

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Lent 2: Climate Change: Lament, Repentance, Renewal, Action

Matthew Bartlett

The texts for the day were Psalm 69; Isaiah 24:4–13; John 3:1–17

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Lent 1: Lament in the Bible & in us

Rev Dr Tim McKenzie

Psalm 13; Lamentations 3; Matthew 4:1–11. Tim introduces the Biblical genre of lament as one pattern for our conversations with God. Image thanks to Dennis Jarvis on Flickr

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New Zealand: Incredibly Religiously Diverse. Kiwis: Incredibly Religiously Illiterate

Phil Fountain & Geoff Trougton

In this first talk in the St Michael's Stuff That Matters series, Phil Fountain and Geoff Troughton, from Victoria University of Wellington's Religious Studies department, challenge all of us to upgrade our understanding of New Zealand's religious diversity. They especially challenge Christians to ponder how they engage their faith as a shrinking presence in the expanded marketplace of religious commitments.

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Salt, Light & the NZ housing crisis

Tim McKenzie

Tim the vicar preached from the lectionary readings for 9 February, Isaiah 58:1-9; 1 Corinthians 2:1-12; Matthew 5:13-20

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Letting God Deal with False Teachers: 2 Peter 2

Zac Clarke

2 Peter 2 is a pretty tricky chapter, full of colourful invective against Peter's opponents. Which raises the question: should we follow suit and throw mud at the Christians we disagree with? Zac Clarke shares from his experience how mudslinging is not Peter's point, and how we're to leave such matters to God.

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Waiting for the Dawn: acts of imagination and faith

Rev Jenny Dawkins

The Rev Jenny Dawkins, from All Saints Peckham, South London, visits and preaches for the first Sunday in Advent. The texts were Isaiah 2:1–5, 2 Peter 1:1-11, 19–21 and Matthew 24:36–44.

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Abortion and the Church

Emily Hockly

The texts were Psalm 139:1–6, 13–18, Acts 4:32–35 and Matthew 25:31–46

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