John Hebenton's Podcast

John Hebenton's Podcast

Sunday sermons preached at St. George's Anglican Church, Gate Pa, Tauranga. These are mostly based on the RCL Lectionary readings for that Sunday, with a few variations for our own lectionary in this Province, and special events here at Gate Pa.... Show More

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John's final sermon which both summarises some of what has been talked about during this Season of Creation and uses the reading from Colossians 1:15-20 to explore the idea of the cosmos radiating with the presence of our creating and life giving God. How does all this help us as individuals, as a parish respond to climate change

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July 29, 2019 31 min

John explores our experience of  storms both good and badwhile some are destructive they are important for cooling and feeding world-          teach us humility in face such forcebut also explore what it is like being in the start of a climate change stormmore than just what happening to climate-          symptomatic of bigger moral storm been engulfed in for decades if not lon... Read more

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John begins by recapping the previous weeks of The Season of Creation, and then builds on that by suggesting that"-          we are enmeshed and sustained by web of life – includes all animals great and small-          scripture invites us to see animals not as resources for our use but as our brothers and sisters-          God creates and gives life through... Read more

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July 16, 2019 20 min

Our preacher today was The Ven Dr Justine Allain Chapman, Archdeacon of Boston in the diocese of Lincoln, UK.   She will draw this morning on the resilience shown by St Peter.  Justine writes:"Coping with change and the difficulties of life is something we can’t avoid if we are to live well and become more compassionate to ourselves and those we live amongst. Our spiritual resources can be deepened and shared with greater... Read more

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July 11, 2019 23 min

John quickly recaps what the season of creation is all about, and then explores the theme for this week - The Oceans.The Oceans are important·         they inspire our awe and wonder of God·         the hold life in an intricate self-sustaining web·         we are damaging if not killing itJohn wonder,  for our survival, how we might nurture both the oc... Read more

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John explores what the Season of Creation is and says it offers us an opportunity to reflect on our place in this world as people made in the image of God. This is God’s world, and we are invited to live richly - joyfully responding to the goodness and generosity of God. He then played Greta Thunberg’s speech to World Economic Forum in Davos on 23 January 2019.-         How do you respond?-    &nb... Read more

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June 25, 2019 12 min

Bonnie Hebenton talks about the 9 stars of Matariki,(Pleiades) and how their reappearance heralds the Maori new year. As we celebrate all that God has given us in the harvest, what do these myths offer us as we respond both to God's goodness and to the plight of our world as it groans under human made climate change?Bonnie's initial thoughts can be found here

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June 16, 2019 17 min

Trinity Sunday is a time gain a bigger mind. John explores how our constructs and doctrines of God too often constrict us from living lives based on God’s justice, compassion and generosity. Instead we are invited to hold them very lightly and allow them to lead us into the mystery of God•          How does your understanding of God, three in one, shape who you are and your understanding of what your life i... Read more

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June 16, 2019 17 min

Trinity Sunday is a time gain a bigger mind. John explores how our constructs and doctrines of God too often constrict us from living lives based on God’s justice, compassion and generosity. Instead we are invited to hold them very lightly and allow them to lead us into the mystery of God•          How does your understanding of God, three in one, shape who you are and your understanding of what your life i... Read more

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June 10, 2019 19 min

John explores the Gospel of John’s version of the gifting of the Spirit and her role among us. In light of that he invites people to take one of the flowers from we made on Easter Sunday for our resurrection cross as a reminder that the Spirit is at work beside us and within us, reminding, comforting, teaching, encouraging, praying in us and with us.The movie you can hear is the movie on Pentecost from Vol. 11: Spreading The Good N... Read more

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June 4, 2019 19 min

John asks what a resurrection life might look like, and finishes with story of Carol and butterfly effect from “How to be a Bad Christian: ... And a better human being” by Dave Tomlinson.You can read the notes from this sermon here.

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May 27, 2019 19 min

John explores what is Jesus word – to ask how we hear this word, what it says to us and how we keep it.He goes on to say that for him this word is loving unity, where the Holy Spirit works to join us to each other and indwelling God in mutual love. This word invites us into the deep love between God the Father and Jesus out of which Jesus lives and continues to teach through the Holy Spirit.You can read the notes for this sermon he... Read more

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May 20, 2019 18 min

John asks people what questions and ideas they bring to this readying.He goes on to explore two of his questions-          In what way is this new?-          How did Jesus live love?o   removing cloak authority, status, leadership, honour, powero   humbly washing the feet of those who deny, betray and dessert himLoving one another is not easy – as New Testament (Acts, Paul... Read more

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May 13, 2019 22 min

John talks about the good shepherd tradition, and how the gospel writers and John in particular apply that to Jesus. This gives rise to 3 questions what voices compete for our attentionhow do we take time hear and respond voice good shepherd? in what ways do others see God the good shepherd at work in us?Notes for this sermon can be found here

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May 13, 2019 22 min

John talks about the good shepherd tradition, and how the gospel writers and John in particular apply that to Jesus. This gives rise to 3 questions what voices compete for our attentionhow do we take time hear and respond voice good shepherd? in what ways do others see God the good shepherd at work in us?Notes for this sermon can be found here

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May 6, 2019 24 min

John explores what the stories of the re-call of Peter and the call of Paul, offer us as we seek to live out Jesus' resurrection today 

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April 24, 2019 11 min

What difference does Easter make for you in how you live your life? Does it make any difference at all?For me Easter is not so much about getting into heaven as it is an affirmation by God of all Jesus said and did; is a statement of God’s utter and profound commitment to this world and all who live in it; and an invitation to live in anticipation of completion of that.Importantly, Easter is not the end of the story in John, it is ... Read more

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April 15, 2019 12 min

John used Chapter 32 in Brian McLaren's "We Make the Road by Walking" (Hodder and Stoughton, London, 2014) - Peace March Palm Sunday, to invite people into the story of Palm Sunday. There are a couple of monor changes in his text.John finishes with some of the questions Brian asks at the end of his chapter1.   Engage. What one thought or idea from today’s lesson especially intrigued, provoked, disturbed, challenged, encouraged... Read more

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April 7, 2019 18 min

John explores some of the threads and echoes in this important story-          in every gospel in some form so tells something of “way”-          relationship with Luke 15 – scandalous love-          fragrance of death vs fragrance of life?-          echoes of Cana – giving Jesus courage to do what needs to be done-    &nbs... Read more

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March 31, 2019 18 min

John has a conversation  about how the names we apply to stories like “The Parable of the Prodigal Son” both help us understand it and blind us to what is happening in the story using a number of titles given this story.He finishes by asking "No matter what title/s we apply to this story, how do we finish it in our lives?"Notes on this sermon can be found at <https://colourfuldreamer.blogspot.com/2019/03/the-lost-family-by-... Read more

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