Pentecost People

Published: Monday, 16 May 2016

Pentecost People

This sermon was preached by Geoff Pound at ABC on Pentecost Day, 15 May 2016. Here is a link to the Personal and Group Study Notes—Study 8 that accompanies this sermon. The other study notes in ABC’s Resurrection People series is at this link.

Reading: Acts 2:1-21Pentecost GP 0516

Waleed Aly[1] won the Gold Logie this week for the person judged to be the Best Personality on Australian television in this last year. Accepting the award he expressed his appreciation for the personal honour.[2]

But he saw something more significant. It was so startling that he said: “Don’t adjust your sets. There’s nothing wrong with your picture. I’m sure there’s an Instagram filter you can use to return things to normal.”

He thought it amazing that the Australian public had voted for him—a man of Egyptian extraction and a Muslim to boot.

Aly talked about a recent conversation he’d had with an actor. Tyler can’t use his given name, Mustafa, because he wouldn’t get any work. He spoke of another man called Dimitri who’s yearning for greater ethnic diversity in the media.

Waleed said: “If tonight means anything, it’s that the Australian public, our audience—as far as they’re concerned there’s absolutely no reason why that cannot change.”

On Pentecost Sunday we celebrate the hope that people with different gifts and from different cultures can be valued by the unifying work of the Holy Spirit.

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Resurrection People - Freedom

Published: Monday, 09 May 2016

This sermon was given by Geoff Pound at ABC on 8 May 2016. It is part of the ‘Resurrection People’ series which is also accompanied by Study Notes for group discussion and personal study. Here is the link to Study 7 which is based on this Scripture passage.

Reading: Acts 16:16-34 freedom in christ GP 0516

An American professor has been in the news for posting his CV on the Internet which includes not only his achievements but many of his failures.[1]

Professor Johannes Haushofer is Assistant Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University. His CV contains sections entitled:

+ Degree Programs I did not get into.

+ Awards and scholarships I did not get

+ Research Funding I did not get and

+ Paper rejections from Academic Journals

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Purple People

Published: Monday, 02 May 2016

This sermon was given by Geoff Pound at ABC on 1 May 2016. It is part of the ‘Resurrection People’ series which is also accompanied by Study Notes for group discussion and personal study. Here is the link to Study 6 which is based on this Scripture passage.

Purple spire 0516Reading: Acts 16:6-15

Nathaniel Hawthorne worked at the Customs House at Salem, Massachusetts but he loathed the place. He hated his work. He detested everything associated with it. To escape from the horrible memories of the daytime, he wrote stories at night.[1]

Some years later, he lost his job. When he came home and told his wife that he’d been retrenched he was absolutely devastated. But his wife, Sophia, was elated. "Your opportunity has come at last," she cried, "Now you can be an author by profession!"

He seized a manuscript that he’d written in his spare time, took it to a publisher and in a few months his first novel was published. ‘The Scarlet Letter’ was an instant best seller. So began his fulltime writing career.

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Resurrection People - living the dream

Published: Friday, 29 April 2016

This sermon was given by Keren McClelland at ABC on 24 April 2016. It is part of the ‘Resurrection People’ series which is also accompanied by Study Notes for group discussion and personal study. Here is the link to Study 5 which is based on this Scripture passage.

Resurrection People living the dream

Storyteller Roald Dahl was a wartime fighter pilot in Britain’s Royal Air Force. He seems to have become a storyteller only after his near-death experience. Running out of fuel in the Western Desert and in the near dark he was forced to land…

He barely survived the crash that left him struggling with chronic pain for the rest of his life… [1] His biography describes him as “A single-minded adventurer and an eternal child who gave us the iconic Willy Wonka and Matilda Wormwood”…

Dahl’s BigFriendlyGiant is to be released as a movie this year.

We were reading it at studiokids in term 1.

Roald was telling the story of the dream-catching giant to his own children and, later, his grandchildren. The 6’6” man would climb a ladder outside their bedrooms and pretend to blow good dreams in through the window - just like the BFG.[2]

Here are a few of the studiokids dream jars based on the BFG:

Our two readings are about dreams or visions of a new reality.

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A Psalm for All Our Days

Published: Monday, 18 April 2016

lambThis sermon was given by Geoff Pound at ABC on 17 April 2016. It is part of the ‘Resurrection People’ series which is also accompanied by Study Notes for group discussion and personal study. Here is the link to Study 4 which is based on this Scripture passage.

Psalm 23: 1-6

Two Saturdays ago a person from the Baptist Union visited Ashburton Baptist to get a story on churches that have installed solar panels.

John Weir was there to tell our story and Luke Sudholz came along with his drone that he flew back and forth across the church roof taking video pictures of the panels.

These drones or unmanned aerial vehicles are getting popular. They’re being used by the military to carry and drop bombs. Amazon.com is looking to deliver parcels to your place via drones. Drones are being used for surveillance, finding lost people and so much more.

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Fishing, Feeding and Following

Published: Monday, 11 April 2016

ABC Easter BannerThis sermon was given by Geoff Pound at ABC on 10 April 2016. It is part of the ‘Resurrection People’ series which is also accompanied by Study Notes for group discussion and personal study. Here is the link to Study 3 which is based on this Scripture passage.

Reading: John 21:1-19

I wonder how many of you attended the Ashburton Baptist church camp at Philip Island way back in 1992? How many of you were there at Cowes 24 years ago?

I’m told that for one of the activities people were invited to choose a coloured square that they liked. People received a verse of Scripture and were asked to ponder how that text connected with the texture of their lives. Then with irons and ironing boards many chose to fix onto their square a triangle, a circle or some other geometric design.

For some this was just another camp exercise while for others the participation and the reflection were significant.

The squares were gathered up and then Rhonda Edmonds, who’d cut up the squares, took them home.

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Finding Faith

Published: Monday, 04 April 2016

Finding Faith

This sermon was delivered by Geoff Pound at ABC on 3 April 2016. It is part of the ‘Resurrection People’ series which is also accompanied by Study Notes for group discussion and personal study. Here is the link to Study 2 which is based on this Scripture passage.

Reading: John 20:19-31 Thomas GP 0416

A few years ago I taught some week long intensive Bible courses in XYZ.[1] The first course had about 30 students and it was held in a large house in the mountains surrounding a major city. We arrived in the dark on Sunday night and at 9am the next day I started my first lecture.

I got up and said, “My name is Geoff Pound and I’m from Australia” but before this could be interpreted, a phone rang, a man cried out and everybody scattered!

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The Recovery of Love

Published: Monday, 04 April 2016

This sermon was delivered by Keren McClelland at ABC on Easter Sunday, 27 March 2016. It is part of the ‘Resurrection People’ series which is also accompanied by Study Notes for group discussion and personal study. Here is the link to Study 1 which is based on this Scripture passage.

The recovery of love (Mary Magdalene) Dante KMc 0416

Reading  - John 20: 1 - 18

The farmer poet, Wendell Berry, writes the poem “Do not be ashamed”

You will be walking some night
in the comfortable dark of your yard
and suddenly a great light will shine
round about you, and behind you
will be a wall you never saw before.

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