Ep27. One Coin Found, Emmy Kegler

Ep27. One Coin Found, Emmy Kegler

“I did not have a plan for how I would accomplish falling in love with scripture. I simply decided that I had to and went from there.”

I sat down with Rev Emmy Kegler to talk about her new book One Coin Found: How God’s Love Stretches to the Margins. We discuss her personal journey with Scripture and how it led to this book, what its like to write a book on God and the Bible while showing up each week to minister, the vitality and significance of Jacob wrestling and being wounded by a mysterious man, what it means to be blessed, what it means to carry wounds and scars even after finding wholeness. We also cover Emmy’s artistic style of sermon prep, needing God (or a particular version of God to shut up), and the Queer Grace Community. This episode also contains the debut of an exciting new segment – pairings – which I think went very well. Listen in iTunes // Watch on YouTube

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Ep26. What Happened at Sinai? Benjamin D. Sommer

Ep26. What Happened at Sinai? Benjamin D. Sommer

I sat down with Benjamin D. Sommer, Professor of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. I ask him what happened at Sinai... which is a far more complicated question than you may have previously noticed. We discuss participatory revelation, dissolving the line between Scripture and Tradition, practices of close reading, the way Biblical texts destabalise their own authority whilst maintaining a commitment to Law, and whether we must privilege the redactor over the other voices in Scripture? Listen in iTunes // Watch on YouTube

“All Torah, ancient, medieval, and modern, is a response to the event at Sinai”

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Ep25. Fire By Night, Melissa Florer-Bixler

Ep25. Fire By Night, Melissa Florer-Bixler

I sat down with Melissa Florer-Bixler to talk her new book Fire By Night: finding God in the pages of the Old Testament. This is an exceptional, exciting, and accessible work, drawing us into the nuance, beauty, and challenge of the OT in order to draw us deeper into the life of God. We talk about reading slowly, how difficult texts often reveal parts of ourselves we’d rather turn away from, holiness, justice, Sodom and Gomorrah, and how the Mennonite practice of testimony fits well with the nature of debate and conversation within the pages of the OT. Also, we recorded this a day after the Oscars, so we talk about our desire for a Jael movie. Listen in iTunes // Watch on YouTube

This is a special episode, co-presented with Insights, the magazine of the Uniting Church in Australia Synod of NSW/ACT.

“From page to page, chapter to chapter, book to book, we encounter the human and divine in the same verse, the same ink, as one bleeds into the other.”

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Ep24. Gondwana Theology, Garry Worete Deverell

Ep24. Gondwana Theology, Garry Worete Deverell

I interviewed Gary Worete Deverell to talk about his book, Gondwana Theology: A Trawloolway man reflects on Christian Faith. We talk about the material, fleshy nature of First People’s Spirituality and the building blocks of country, kin, and Dreaming. We engage the Dreaming and Genesis 1 – the present power of Creation narratives to shape the identity of those colonised; we also cover reconciliation, racism, mischievous spirits, what to preach on Trinity Sunday, and his letter to his First Nations sisters and brothers navigating the white church… plus, a bunch of liturgy talk! Listen in iTunes // Watch on YouTube. Co-Presented with Insights, the magazine of the Uniting Church in Australia Synod of NSW/ACT

“The God made known in the stories of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures is a God who was sojourning with our people, here in this country, long before the calling of Abraham, or Moses, or St Paul. Our dreaming can be ‘read’ as a legitimate witness to that sojourning and should therefore be engaged as an equally rich source of revelation and guidance regarding the living of a human life that is good, beautiful and true” 

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Ep09. Wounding Words: (Loving Jesus/Fearing Scripture), Emmy Kegler

Ep09. Wounding Words: (Loving Jesus/Fearing Scripture), Emmy Kegler
"Taking what has been used as a sword, and turning it into a ploughshare" 

A special episode. Because this postal survey on marriage equality is taking a toll on so many. This is Emmy Kegler's talk and Q&A from the Jesus 12 24 online conference hosted earlier in the year. If I sound weird its because I'd been awake for about 23 hours. See more about the conference at Jesus1224.com

"Too many members of the LGBTQ+ community know Scripture best as a weapon used against us.  How do those of us who still find Jesus compelling reconcile ourselves with the book that tells his story, when that same book has been used to condemn us?  When we have been wounded by the words of the Bible, can we still find healing in the Word of God?" LISTEN IN iTUNES

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