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   This page contains all the available sermon recordings from 2006.  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

Good Intentions
31-Dec-06
Luke 2: 39-52
The wrong world-view; why New Year resolutions don't work very well.
16:51/
2.89 MB
Choices
24-Dec-06
11:30 p.m.
Luke 2: 1-14
Letting God shine through us: Mary and Joseph and two decisions that changed the world.
10:37/
1.82 MB
Risking Intimacy
24-Dec-06
Luke 1: 39-45
The rewards and dangers of really knowing someone.  The Incarnation and its consequences.
12:55/
2.21 MB
Pattern and Expression
10-Dec-06
7:00 p.m.
 -
A definition of incarnation, and some of the ways in which it happens.
22:34/
3.87 MB
Signs of the Times
3-Dec-06
Luke 21: 25-36
When it all falls apart: Biblical prophecy and the Dunedin icebergs.
17:18/
2.97 MB
Who Should Be Ordained?
26-Nov-06
John 8: 31-47
Homosexuality and the Bible, and Dunedin's recent controversial ordination.
20:00/
3.43 MB
The Writing's on the Wall
19-Nov-06
7:00 p.m.
Daniel 5: 1-30
Transient forms and eternal reality: a story from Daniel in its historical context.
13:35/
2.33 MB
Mixed Motives
12-Nov-06
7:00 p.m.
 -
Helpers and rescuers: what happens when spirituality is hijacked by the ego.
16:33/
2.84 MB
Sex and Religion
12-Nov-06
Song of Solomon 2:16 - 3:5; Ephesians 5: 22-33; Matthew 5: 27-30
Human sexuality at the physical, emotional and spiritual levels, and the role of the Church.
19:39/
3.37 MB
Why Priests?
5-Nov-06
Mark 12: 28-34
The means to an end: ordination and the priesthood.
16:00/
2.74 MB
Money and Other Illusions
29-Oct-06
7:00 p.m.
Ecclesiastes 2: 1-11; Matthew 6: 19-34
"We made it up": society's useful but hazardous shared fictions.
13:58/
2.39 MB
Blind Spots
29-Oct-06
Mark 10: 46-52
The healing of Bartimaeus: recognising the areas of blindness in all of us.  (Pauline Johnson)
13:06/
2.24 MB
The Spirit of the Law
22-Oct-06
7:00 p.m.
Matthew 5: 17-48
The teaching of the Pharisees.  The danger of concentrating on the letter of the law and failing to see God behind it.
17:42/
3.04 MB
Who's In Charge Around Here?
22-Oct-06
Mark 10: 35-45
Recognising the difference between our true selves and the masks we construct to interact with the world.
12:08/
2.08 MB
Blessed?  Really?
8-Oct-06
7:00 p.m.
Matthew 5: 1-16
Blessed are those who mourn; a light to the world, when all other lights go out.
24:22/
4.18 MB
Playing the Cards You Are Dealt
8-Oct-06
Job 1: 1, 2: 1-10; Mark 10: 2-16
"A long obedience in the same direction"; our lives shouldn't be defined by our circumstances.
15:15/
2.61 MB
Turning the World Upside Down
1-Oct-06
7:00 p.m.
Matthew 5: 1-12
Bridging the gulf: setting aside our human-inspired images and expectations of God.
12:19/
2.11 MB
The Inside of the Cup
1-Oct-06
Luke 11: 37-54
The danger of being too satisfied about following the rules.  (Revd John Sherlock)
11:54/
2.04 MB
Growing in Faith
24-Sep-06
Mark 9: 30-37
Childlike trust.  Four stages in the development of faith.
18:37/
3.19 MB
Two Stories from Daniel
17-Sep-06
7:00 p.m.
Daniel 3: 1-30
A deeper obedience: coping with lions and burning fiery furnaces.
11:15/
1.93 MB
Faster, Higher, Braver
10-Sep-06
Mark 7: 24-36
A brief history of Father Christmas.  Santa Claus as an inadequate image of God.
17:12/
2.95 MB
David in the Wilderness
3-Sep-06
7:00 p.m.
Luke 4: 1-15
Learning to be a king - the story of David's time as an outlaw.
17:31/
3.00 MB
Beginning and Ending
3-Sep-06
James 1: 17-27; John 16: 20-22
Pain and redemption: seeing in childbirth one of the basic patterns of the Universe.
15:43/
2.70 MB
Food for Thought
27-Aug-06
John 6: 1-21
Reflections on the Feeding of the Five Thousand.  (Robert Budd)
10:24/
1.78 MB
The Story of David and Goliath
20-Aug-06
7:00 p.m.
1 Samuel 17: 1-11; 2 Corinthians 4: 1-11
Be who you are: how to tackle giants.
11:22/
1.95 MB
The Story of Samson
13-Aug-06
7:00 p.m.
Judges 13: 1-20
It's never too late for redemption: Samson's self-centred life.  (Periods of discussion have been edited out of this recording.)
16:38/
2.85 MB
Seeing Others
6-Aug-06
2 Samuel 11:26 - 12:13; John 6: 24-35
Collateral damage: David and Uriah, and the perils of failing to see humanity in other people.
16:23/
2.81 MB
The Story of Gideon
30-Jul-06
7:00 p.m.
Judges 6: 1-10
Against the odds: a well-known Old Testament episode, seen as a story.
14:40/
2.51 MB
I and Myself
30-Jul-06
2 Samuel 11: 1-15; Matthew 16: 24-26
Mistaken identity: self-awareness as a counter to temptation.
14:50/
2.54 MB
Tell Me the Old, Old Story
23-Jul-06
7:00 p.m.
 -
The characteristics of a story.  Types of story in the Bible, and their purposes.
26:19/
4.51 MB
Waking Up
23-Jul-06
Mark 6: 30-34
All shall be well; the wonderful good news, and how we manage not to notice it.
13:51/
2.37 MB
Thinking Outside the Square
9-Jul-06
7:00 p.m.
Joshua 8: 3-25
When "fundamentalism just isn't an option" - looking for God's Word in the most brutal parts of the Old Testament.
24:19/
4.17 MB
Mission-Shaped Church
9-Jul-06
Mark 6: 1-13
Remembering one of the key functions of the Church, as our society forgets its Christian background.  (Revd John Sherlock)
15:12/
2.60 MB
Complete Healing
2-Jul-06
Mark 5: 21-43
Miraculous healings of physical injuries and ailments, and of more important things too.
16:43/
2.87 MB
Other People's Mail
25-Jun-06
2 Corinthians 6: 1-13; Mark 4: 35-41
A glimpse into Paul's correspondence with the Church in Corinth, and some messages in those letters for us.  (Revd John Sherlock)
14:20/
2.45 MB
When Words Fail Us
11-Jun-06
Isaiah 6: 1-8; John 3: 1-17
"We could not tell a fraction of that tale in worthy manner" - the doctrine of the Trinity.
12:14/
2.10 MB
Pentecost
4-Jun-06
Acts 2: 1-21; John 15: 26-27, 16: 4b-15
The beginning of the Church: two different ways in which the Holy Spirit acts.  (Revd John Sherlock)
13:12/
2.26 MB
Taking Charge
28-May-06
John 17: 6-19
Unity, purpose and joy: making Christendom work after the Ascension.
12:26/
2.13 MB
Love Makes the World Go Round
14-May-06
7:00 p.m.
1 John 4: 7-12
The four types of love.  The necessity and unrecognised importance of storge.
30:23/
5.21 MB
Fruitful Vines
14-May-06
1 John 4: 7-21; John 15: 1-8
The vine metaphor for the relationships between God, Jesus and us.  (Revd John Sherlock)
14:17/
2.45 MB
The Leslie Groves Story
7-May-06
John 10: 11-18
Elisabeth Cunningham speaks about the history and current operations of the Leslie Groves Home and Hospital.
22:06/
3.79 MB
Trust Without Reservation
30-Apr-06
Luke 24: 36-48
Accepting the inconceivable: doubt and disbelief after the Resurrection.  (Revd John Sherlock)
9:56/
1.70 MB
Life Commandments
23-Apr-06
7:00 p.m.
Ecclesiastes 9: 7-18
The rules we live by, whether good or bad, and how we got them.  (Contains some minor recording glitches.)
22:47/
3.91 MB
Shells of Perception
23-Apr-06
John 20: 19-31
The systems of truth and lies that insulate us from reality, and the moments of transition when one system is replaced by a better one.
12:24/
2.12 MB
Windows
9-Apr-06
7:00 p.m.
 -
The clarity of our lives; when people look at us, how much can they see of God?
17:18/
2.97 MB
Palm Sunday
9-Apr-06
Philippians 2: 5-11; Mark 11: 1-11
A purpose in life; Jesus and the expectations of the crowd.  (Revd John Sherlock)
10:36/
1.81 MB
The Heart of the Matter
   and
News from Sri Lanka
2-Apr-06
John 3: 1-16
God so loved the World: a theology centred on love, and its practical effects;
   and
Mirani Keillor reports on reconstruction in the tsunami-affected areas of Sri Lanka.  (Click here to view a selection of the photographs that accompanied this talk.)
10:19/
1.77 MB

15:23/
2.64 MB
A People To Belong To
26-Mar-06
7:00 p.m.
1 Corinthians 12: 12-20
Ministry to, in and of the Church.  Using our own gifts as Christianity enters a new era.
22:45/
3.90 MB
Words, Words, Words
26-Mar-06
John 3: 14-21
The limits of language.  Word and Sign in John's Gospel.
15:39/
2.68 MB
Saint Joseph
19-Mar-06
5:00 p.m.
Isaiah 11: 1-10; Matthew 1: 18-25
The shortage of men in the Church, and the example of St Joseph.
15:57/
2.73 MB
Losing and Saving Our Lives
12-Mar-06
Mark 8: 31-38
An unexpected kind of Messiah; putting God's way ahead of the ways of the world.  (Revd John Sherlock)
9:25/
1.61 MB
Searching for Eden
5-Mar-06
Romans 16: 1-7; Luke 7:36 - 8:3
The place of women in the first-century Church, and what went wrong afterwards.
14:56/
2.56 MB
Say What You Like
26-Feb-06
1 Corinthians 4: 1-5; Matthew 7: 1-6
Choice and responsibility: freedom of speech and its consequences.
19:24/
3.33 MB
From Simon to Peter
19-Feb-06
7:00 p.m.
Genesis 35: 9-15; John 21: 9-19
From shifting sand to solid rock: Peter finally comes to understand himself and Jesus.
21:54/
3.76 MB
Echoes of Deep Truth
12-Feb-06
7:00 p.m.
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Wrestling with God: C.S. Lewis and his passion for mythology.  (Due to technical problems during the original presentation this is a re-recorded version.)
16:08/
2.77 MB
Naaman and Grace
12-Feb-06
2 Kings 5: 1-14; Mark 1: 40-45
Accepting God's freely-given grace in a world which thinks that rewards have to be earned.  (Revd John Sherlock)
8:57/
1.53 MB
What's in a Name?
5-Feb-06
7:00 p.m.
Genesis 32: 22-32; John 8: 52-58
The pivotal part of Genesis; Jacob struggles with himself and God to find his true identity.
15:54/
2.73 MB
On Eagles' Wings
5-Feb-06
Isaiah 40: 21-31; Mark 1: 29-39
A very large God: putting our troubles into their proper perspective.
13:01/
2.23 MB
Opening Lines
22-Jan-06
Mark 1: 14-20
The Kingdom of God; metaphor and meaning at the beginning of Jesus' ministry.  (Revd John Sherlock)
8:57/
1.53 MB
Come and See
15-Jan-06
John 1: 35-50
A demonstration of evangelism, and some of the ways in which it happens at St John's Roslyn.
14:11/
2.43 MB
The Baptism of Christ
8-Jan-06
Acts 19: 1-7; Mark 1: 9-13
An outward and visible sign: what baptism signifies, and to whom.
13:01/
2.23 MB
What Does the Future Hold?
1-Jan-06
Luke 2: 22-38
Simeon, Anna and the palantír - prophecy and its dangers.
11:17/
1.93 MB



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