Teachings from the Christian Tradition

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TEACHINGS FROM THE CHRISTIAN TRADITION (posts & podcasts)

Becoming a Christian

TONGUES

A brief introduction to all the teachings that follow…

A SPIRITUAL SMORGASBORD

Listening to God  1.01– a theological start-point

Learning to Hear the Voice of God – a panel discussion

Rumours of Angels – Part 1

Rumours of Angels – Part 2

Good News or Bad News – A Better Telling

The Power of a Little Ritual

The Simplicity of Bold, Persistent Prayer

Art, Performance and the Spirit of Pentecost

Following the Spirit & Applying the Blood of Jesus

Can we Enter into God’s New Thing?

A Time to Lament

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THE LUKE 10 ROAD-TRIP In the Gospel of Luke Jesus sends out the second wave of missionaries to embody his mission. 72 of them. It’s a mission we all inherit as followers of Jesus. The Church calls this aspect of Christianity the “apostolic life.” So how might that look for us? Today churches often frame their mission as a vision to persuade others to become Christians, join the Church and grow their congregations. Yet none of these themes are present in Jesus’ actual instructions to his emissaries in the Gospels. The Luke 10 Road-Trip re-frames our whole idea of Christian mission. It explores how we can grace-fill our relationships and incarnate the love of God, by following the timeless principles Jesus’ laid out for his 72:

Part 1 – Fixing Attitudes, Multiplying Channels & Occupying Territory

Part 2 – Giving Away & Sharing the Journey

Part 3 – Finding and Recognizing People of Peace

Part 4 – Being Good Guests in the Lives of Others

Part 5 – Acts of Befriending – Churching or Discipling?

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THE GENESIS OF US – Genesis is an ancient library containing some of the world’s oldest narratives. The presence in those texts of YHWH the Holy Name for God, not revealed until the time of Moses, clues us that we are not reading the earliest version of these narratives. The stories are being retold to us by a narrator from after the time of Moses – one who knew the Holy Name. Today there is a consensus among scholars that the current form of the Hebrew scriptures was crafted by a redactor or redactors at the time of Israel’s captivity in Babylon.

The theology of the redactor who shaped the scrolls in the C6thBC into a single work brings important and beautiful truths to the world, most fundamentally that there is only one True God; one ultimate source of all things; one creator and Father of all. In the form in which we have them today, how do the stories in Genesis frame the story of the Bible, God, Jesus and Humanity? And  what do they have to say about us today? Those are the questions I tackle in this series of podcasts – recordings of a teaching series given at Yarra Valley Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Victoria, Australia.

Scrolls, Stories & Creation – Genesis 1:1-3

All about How we Listen and How we Feel – Genesis 1:1-2:3

The Story of Us and what The Fall wasn’t – Genesis 2:15-3:24

Did Jesus have a sinful nature? And what The Fall wasn’t – Genesis 2:15-3:24

It’s about Soul Work and Keeping…Genesis 4:1-24

“ESCAPING FROM EDEN” 

The vocabulary of Genesis holds deep mysteries for the Bible translator. Probing some of the conundrums and anomalies in our translations, my latest book “ESCAPING FROM EDEN” seeks out a deeper layer of the text, the vestiges of the original stories with which the C6thBC editor had to work. This layer of the text summarizes the even more ancient sources on which the stories of beginnings in Genesis were based. These were the stories Abraham and Sarah (the progenitors of the people of Israel) brought with them from Ur of the Chaldes.

So what were the original stories, hidden in plain sight within the text of the Bible? And what did they say about who we are and where we all came from?

“ESCAPING FROM EDEN” reveals some unfamiliar layers to the stories we’re all familiar with – arriving at some surprising and controversial conclusions, that might re-frame your whole vision of the Bible and of Judaeo-Christian faith. Read more… 

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THINKING AGAIN

The Great Reformers established the importance of perpetually returning to the Scriptural sources of Christian faith and asking afresh, “Have we read this right?” From time to time our habitual patterns of thought and doctrine find themselves challenged by a refreshed reading of the Scriptures…

Re-discovering the Kingdom of God…

“Come Sunday” – Carlton Pearson & the fires of Hell

Beauty, Sex and Babies, and what Augustine got wrong…

Worshipping with Weed?

Understanding Church as Households (PODCAST)

Women’s Leadership & the Bible

God Loves People and Places

Everything we Need for Today (PODCAST)

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NOTES ON MY SPIRITUAL ROOTS IN VINEYARD

Carol Wimber talks about Vineyard’s Roots (8 PODCASTS)

Five Step Model for ministering with Healing (PODCAST)

Saying Thank You to St Andrew’s Chorleywood

Vineyard and the Avoidance of Hype

The Heart of Vineyard Worship – No Small Gift

Rare Live Vineyard Worship 1984 (PODCAST)

Vineyard DNA & New Wine (PODCAST)

Vineyard’s Vital Debt to Quakerism

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