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   This page contains all the available sermon recordings from 2007.  If you're looking for a particular sermon and it isn't here, then it probably wasn't taped.  (A few recordings have not been placed on the website, either because they are of very poor sound quality or because they contain substantial quotations from copyright material.)

   The table below also lists the Gospel reading for each service
(which is often, although not always, the subject of the sermon), and sometimes other relevant readings as well.

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title

date

readings

summary

file size

The Holy Innocents
30-Dec-07
Hebrews 2: 10-18; Matthew 2: 13-21
The problem of theodicy: how there can be suffering in a universe created by a loving, all-powerful God.
15:22/
2.63 MB
The Gardener
25-Dec-07
John 1: 1-14
An incarnation allegory in verse.  ("The Gardener" copyright Alan Firth 2007)
6:07/
1.05 MB
The Virgin Birth
23-Dec-07
Isaiah 7: 10-16; Matthew 1: 18-25
Prophecy, history and metaphor: an event that was significant whether it actually happened or not.
14:46/
2.53 MB
What Do You See?
16-Dec-07
Matthew 11: 2-11
Recognising the presence of the Kingdom in the actions of its members.
8:04/
1.38 MB
The Maccabees
9-Dec-07
7:00 p.m.
1 Maccabees 2: 15-26
Conflict or compromise?  The Maccabean revolt, and its lessons for the Anglican Church.
23:51/
4.09 MB
Endings
2-Dec-07
Isaiah 2: 1-5; Romans 13: 11-14; Barrington Bunny (from The Way of the Wolf by Martin Bell); Matthew 24: 36-44
Inevitable endings: how they can make a difference to the whole story, and how to be ready for them.
11:18/
1.94 MB
The Apocrypha
11-Nov-07
7:00 p.m.
2 Timothy 3: 14-17
The historical context of the Apocrypha.  Different versions of the Old Testament and their origins.  (Click here to visit a website containing some of the background material mentioned in this recording.)
24:46/
4.25 MB
The Grand Design
11-Nov-07
Luke 20: 27-38
Division in the Church, and why differences of doctrine aren't really what matters.
14:22/
2.46 MB
Who Are the "We"?
4-Nov-07
Habakkuk 1: 1-4, 2: 1-4; 2 Thessalonians 1: 1-4, 11-12; Luke 19: 1-10
The transforming effect of an allegiance to something that transcends national boundaries.  (Jolyon White)
12:35/
2.16 MB
What's It To You?
28-Oct-07
Luke 18: 9-14
How our different reactions to the same things both show us and make us who we are.
14:43/
2.52 MB
Is it Worth Dying For?
21-Oct-07
7:00 p.m.
John 16: 1-11
Truth, and the risks some people have taken to proclaim it.
15:06/
2.59 MB
The Words of Grace
14-Oct-07
7:00 p.m.
Luke 4: 14-30
What Jesus didn't say.  One big thing that the world doesn't understand about the Church.
18:18/
3.14 MB
Lepers in Dunedin
14-Oct-07
Luke 17: 11-19
A little bit of faith and a little bit of love: remembering the excluded in our own society.  (Bishop Mdimi Mhogolo)
23:56/
4.10 MB
Love Hurts
7-Oct-07
2 Timothy 1: 1-14; Luke 17: 5-10
The cost and value of love.  A God who sets relationship above power.
9:21/
1.60 MB
Walls
30-Sep-07
Luke 16: 19-31
When the boundaries we build around ourselves stop being a protection and become a prison.
13:28/
2.31 MB
I Just Couldn't Help Myself
23-Sep-07
Luke 15: 11-32
Obsession, compulsion, and the parable of the prodigal son.
14:15/
2.44 MB
The Living Word
16-Sep-07
7:00 p.m.
Isaiah 55: 6-12; Matthew 7: 21-27
A house built on rock: Christianity is a process, not a set of facts or rules.
13:12/
2.26 MB
A Deeper Loyalty
9-Sep-07
Philemon 1-21; Luke 14: 25-33
Slavery in Paul's time and today, and how to respond to it.
12:50/
2.20 MB
Cancer and New Life
2-Sep-07
Luke 12: 22-34
Lay minister Barbara Dineen speaks about her experience of cancer, and the importance of community and church during that time.
18:11/
3.12 MB
Stewardship
26-Aug-07
Luke 16: 1-13
Using temporal things for eternal gain: stewards, ownership and the budget deficit.
12:12/
2.09 MB
Infinite Love
19-Aug-07
7:00 p.m.
Matthew 20: 1-16
The Kingdom of God 3: why our instinctive ideas of reward and hierarchy break down when dealing with the infinite.
13:16/
2.28 MB
The Kingdom of God is Like . . .
12-Aug-07
7:00 p.m.
Matthew 13: 44-46
Two interpretations of a parable, and two very different ways of finding the Kingdom.
10:22/
1.78 MB
Surface Repentance
12-Aug-07
Luke 12: 32-40
Working with what we can see: one way of preparing ourselves for God.
14:59/
2.57 MB
The Kingdom of God
5-Aug-07
7:00 p.m.
Mark 1: 12-14
What is the Good News?  Trying to understand the central element of Jesus' teaching.
14:44/
2.53 MB
Are You Happy?
5-Aug-07
Colossians 3: 1-11; Luke 12: 13-21
Material prosperity and happiness, and the lack of a connection between the two.
13:38/
2.34 MB
Answered Prayer?
29-Jul-07
7:00 p.m.
Luke 11: 5-13; Luke 18: 10-14; Romans 12: 1-2
The heart's prayer: recognising and dealing with the things that we really want.
21:41/
3.72 MB
Corporate Responsibility
22-Jul-07
Amos 8: 1-12; Luke 10: 38-42
Entanglement - quantum physics, Old Testament stories and the state of the planet.  (Jolyon White)
12:01/
2.06 MB
It Is Written . . .
15-Jul-07
7:00 p.m.
2 Timothy 3: 10-17
The formation of the New Testament.  Some of the ways in which the Bible can be misused.
19:59/
3.43 MB
How Does It End?
8-Jul-07
7:00 p.m.
2 Kings 2: 7-14
One of the great patterns of the Universe - endings, and how they colour everything that comes before.
16:32/
2.83 MB
Walking the Talk
1-Jul-07
5:00 p.m.
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Stopping to hear the voice of God in a busy world.  (Jolyon White - Youth Forum opening service)
9:03/
1.55 MB
The Fruit of the Spirit
1-Jul-07
Galatians 5: 1, 13-25; Luke 9: 51-62
Body and Spirit: two poles in one person, and how they should work together.
17:10/
2.94 MB
The Storms Without and Within
24-Jun-07
Luke 8: 26-39
Whether demons exist, and how to deal with them whether they exist or not.
16:11/
2.77 MB
A Still Small Voice
17-Jun-07
7:00 p.m.
1 Kings 19: 1-13; Matthew 6: 1-8
Where Elijah found God: three good reasons to value silence and solitude.
14:07/
2.42 MB
The Powerless Prophet
10-Jun-07
7:00 p.m.
1 Kings 16:29 - 17:3
Ahab versus Elijah: the difference between power and authority.
23:38/
4.05 MB
Relationship or Power?
10-Jun-07
1 Kings 17: 8-16; Luke 7: 11-17
Zimbabwe, Baal and Elijah: the human lust for power, and God's alternative.
16:03/
2.75 MB
God and Evolution
3-Jun-07
Proverbs 8: 1-4, 22-31; John 16: 12-15
Seagulls, salamanders and scripture: reconciling the Old Testament with the God we know through Jesus.
15:41/
2.69 MB
The Gift of Freedom
27-May-07
7:00 p.m.
John 12: 20-26
A God who has placed limits on His own power, and the implications for us.
17:31/
3.00 MB
Where is God Seen?
27-May-07
John 14: 8-14
The reality of glory: God's strange plan, and our part in it.  (Jolyon White)
8:47/
1.50 MB
Can War Be Just?
20-May-07
7:00 p.m.
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8; James 4: 1-3
The doctrine of "just war", and the need to see beyond it.
12:24/
2.12 MB
The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory
13-May-07
7:00 p.m.
Job 1: 1-9
The Lord's Prayer 10: giving praise where it's due - the one good reason for being a Christian.
13:34/
2.33 MB
Can You Be Bothered?
13-May-07
John 5: 1-9
A story from John's Gospel in its cultural context.  Why the prospect of healing can be so frightening.
13:45/
2.36 MB
Deliver Us From Evil
6-May-07
7:00 p.m.
1 Peter 5: 8-11; John 8: 43-47
The Lord's Prayer 9: recognising that evil does exist, and trying to understand what it is.
12:05/
2.07 MB
Minding Your Own Business
6-May-07
Acts 11: 1-18; Revelation 21: 1-6; John 21: 20-25
Following our own calling: the perils of paying too much attention to what others are doing.
7:10/
1.23 MB
Temptation
29-Apr-07
7:00 p.m.
James 1: 12-15
The Lord's Prayer 8: "Lead us not into temptation" - why and how we are tempted.
17:10/
2.94 MB
Trusting the Shepherd
29-Apr-07
John 10: 1-18
Air travel, flight simulators and the Good Shepherd metaphor for God.
12:30/
2.14 MB
The Unforgiven
22-Apr-07
7:00 p.m.
Psalm 103: 1-22; Matthew 6: 9-15
The Lord's Prayer 7: our reactions to loss and threat; what forgiveness is, and why it's necessary.
20:56/
3.59 MB
Saul to Paul
22-Apr-07
Acts 9: 1-6; John 20: 19-29
Moments of choice; St Paul's conversion, and its implications for us.
15:18/
2.62 MB
Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread
15-Apr-07
7:00 p.m.
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The Lord's Prayer 6: remembering that needs and wants aren't identical, as the world reaches Peak Oil.
12:51/
2.20 MB
Being Known
15-Apr-07
John 21: 1-19
Peter's conversation with Jesus on the beach.  The power of being truly and deeply known.
13:12/
2.26 MB
This Is My Body . . .
5-Apr-07
7:00 p.m.
John 13: 1-17
Sign, metaphor, symbol and sacrament; the institution of Holy Communion, and some of its meanings.
16:39/
2.85 MB
Will You?  Won't You?
1-Apr-07
7:00 p.m.
Luke 6: 46-49
The Lord's Prayer 5: "Thy will be done" - the context and limitations of freedom.
13:09/
2.25 MB
Thy Kingdom Come
18-Mar-07
7:00 p.m.
 -
The Lord's Prayer 4: trying to see the ultimate reality beyond the limitations of our perception.
15:02/
2.58 MB
Oh My God?
11-Mar-07
7:00 p.m.
 -
The Lord's Prayer 3: "Hallowed be thy name"; a long history of attempts to name God.
18:39/
3.20 MB
Choosing Freedom
11-Mar-07
Luke 7: 36-50
Tidying up the room: Christian perspectives on ecology and the environment.  (Jolyon White)
13:49/
2.37 MB
Which Art In Heaven
4-Mar-07
7:00 p.m.
1 Corinthians 15: 35-53
The Lord's Prayer 2: glimpses of a greater reality beyond our experience and possibly beyond our ability to comprehend.
18:51/
3.23 MB
Just Do It
4-Mar-07
Luke 13: 18-19
Facing the big problems; small seeds which grow into great trees.
13:44/
2.35 MB
Our Father?
25-Feb-07
7:00 p.m.
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The Lord's Prayer 1: the limitations and strengths of the Father metaphor for God.
22:13/
3.81 MB
The Separated Sons
25-Feb-07
Luke 15: 11-32
Answering the wrong question: the parable of the prodigal son and his brother.
13:27/
2.30 MB
A Voice From the Past
11-Feb-07
Jeremiah 17: 5-10; 1 Corinthians 15: 12-20; Luke 6: 17-26
A house built on clay: the first Anglican mission to New Zealand, and what came of it.
16:25/
2.82 MB
Old Water to New Wine
14-Jan-07
John 2: 1-11
Abundance and transition: symbolic meanings in Jesus' first miracle.  (Revd John Sherlock)
14:08/
2.42 MB



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