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.

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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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Welcoming with Palms and Praises

Published: Monday, 21 March 2016

This is the sixth sermon in the ‘Welcome’ series during Lent and was given by Geoff Pound at the Ashburton Baptist Church on 20 March 2016. More about this study series can be found at this link. Specific questions for personal and group study for this second study can be found at this link. You can listen to the podcast for this sermon at this link.

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Reading: Luke 19:28-40

We used to live and work in a valley in the New Zealand city of Dunedin.[1] The streets draining down into the valley are the steepest streets in the world.[2] People normally descend their street to walk or catch the bus along the valley floor to go into the city.

Every year on Palm Sunday at twilight the churches would combine for a Palm Sunday extravaganza. Crowds of people would come down onto the valley floor to enjoy the spectacle. Some waved palm branches, a dedicated few threw coats on the road and children would take it in turns to ride the donkey.

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Generous Welcome

Published: Monday, 14 March 2016

woman with perfumeThis sermon was preached by Geoff Pound at the Ashburton Baptist Church on 13 March 2016. It is the fifth in the Lenten Series on the theme of ‘Welcome’. More about this study series can be found at this link. Specific questions for personal and group study for this second study can be found at this link. You can listen to the podcast for this sermon at this link.

Reading: John 12:1-8
Gregory Jones is a Professor of Theology at the Duke Divinity School in Durham. He was invited to preach at an Episcopal church in another city. He decided to preach on today’s passage about the anointing of Jesus by Mary. The church wrote and asked him to send his title, which he did. On the Sunday morning he was sitting ready to preach and reading through the church bulletin he came across the following note:
“This morning we welcome to our pulpit our guest speaker, His Extravagant Holiness, the Rev Dr. Gregory Jones.”[1]

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The Welcoming God

Published: Tuesday, 08 March 2016

Return of the Prodigal SonThis sermon was preached by Geoff Pound at the Ashburton Baptist Church on 6 March 2016. It is the fourth in the Lenten Series on the theme of ‘Welcome’. More about this study series can be found at this link. Specific questions for personal and group study for this second study can be found at this link. You can listen to the podcast for this sermon at this link.

Reading: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

When I discovered that today’s Scripture reading was the well known parable of the Prodigal Son I said to my wife: “How ever do you preach on a passage that’s so familiar without people feeling that they’ve heard it all before?”

Constructive as she is, Lyn said, “Why don’t you take it from a different angle?”
I said, “What do you mean?”
She said, “Why don’t you take it from the perspective of the fatted calf?”

Now that would be different! That might beef it up a bit! Yet the only thing I could think of was the question asked by a Sunday School teacher:
“Who was sorry when the prodigal son returned?”
A little girl answered—“The fatted calf!”

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