Bread and Stories, and The Transforming Power of Love

August 20, 2017

Next week, we reconstitute the congregation for the coming year. So what does this look like here?

A reflection on Genesis 45:1-15 & Psalm 133, Alison Sampson, Sanctuary, 20 August 2017 (AP15)


Imperial Economics and the Economy of God

August 13, 2017

God’s economy of abundance is not about limitless economic growth, but fullness of life.

A reflection on Genesis 37:1-28 and beyond, given to Sanctuary, 13 August 2017 (AP14).


Smash the Patriarchy! The Sin Revealed Through Jacob’s Wives

July 30, 2017

Leah and Rachel's relationship reveals the toxic effects of the patriarchy. So is the patriarchy God's will?

A reflection on Genesis 29:14b-30:24, 35:16-20 given to Sanctuary, 30 July 2017 (AP12).


The God of Your Dreams

July 23, 2017

Many of us think blessing is a reward for good behaviour, but the story of Jacob paints a different picture of God.

A reflection on Genesis 28:10-22, given to Sanctuary, 23 July 2017 (AP11). Image found here.


Blessed is the No-Good Trickster

July 16, 2017

Jacob was a trickster: a grabby liar who swindled his brother out of a blessing, and an inheritance. Yet God chose Jacob as the father of Israel; and through Jesus, you are invited into the family, too.

A retelling of Genesis 25:19-28:5 for Sanctuary, 16 July 2017 (AP10).


Alt*red State: A text of terror brings good news

July 2, 2017

The usual interpretation of the binding of Isaac is that God requires us to sacrifice everything, even, if asked, our own children. But could a contextual awareness provide a different and more life-giving reading?

A reflection on Genesis 22:1-14 given to Sanctuary, 2 July 2017 (AP08). 


Ishmael, Isaac, and the Shared Inheritance

June 25, 2017

In a world torn apart by 'us' and 'them' thinking, the story of Ishmael and Isaac offers healing.

A reflection on Genesis 21:8-21 for Sanctuary, 25 June 2017. Image shows a detail from Hagar in the Wilderness (Camille Corot, 1796-1875, here)


Hope, love, and laughter: The gifts that strangers bring

June 18, 2017

The God of life is welcomed as a stranger, and brings blessing. This pattern is seen throughout the Scriptures; what are the implications for us?

A reflection on Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7 by Alison Sampson for Sanctuary, 18 June 2017 (AP06).


Wounded and Scarred - and Here!

May 28, 2017

Are you looking for Jesus? Then turn your gaze to the earth.

A reflection on Acts 1:1-11 given to Sanctuary, 28 May 2017.


Christ is Risen! But where is he now?

May 21, 2017

John's Gospel grapples with a big question: "Teacher, where are you abiding?" Learn the answer here.

A reflection on John 14:15-21 given to Sanctuary, 21 May 2017. Image 'Each Other' courtesy Michael Leunig.