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By the Well
Fran Barber & Robyn Whitaker
A weekly podcast where a Biblical scholar and a Minister explore one of the lectionary texts to equip preachers to proclaim the Word.
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C136 - Pentecost 11
Howard and Robyn discuss the challenges of prophetic call, divine initiative, and the message of hope in the midst of struggle in Jeremiah 1:4-10. In the story of a bent-over woman's 'release' in Luke 13:10-17, we find Jesus embodies the idea of Sabbath as a divine gift that is life-giving and a day that frees us from bondage.
Aug 3, 2022
C135 - Pentecost 10
Gerald West joins Monica and Robyn this week to discuss Isaiah 5:1-7, Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19, Hebrews 11:29-12:2, and Luke 12:49-56. We look at the various metaphors used for God and God's people, as well as themes of justice, accountability, judgement, and an active faith.
Jul 31, 2022
C134 - Pentecost 9
Monica and Robyn discuss Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23, Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, and Luke 12:32-40. Themes emerge about the need for worship and justice, speech and action, to go hand in hand. Luke talks about the kingdom of God as "gift" where the Son of Man comes to serve, and Hebrews reminds us about the surety of trust in God.
Jul 20, 2022
C 133 - Pentecost 8
Fran and Monica explore the readings for Pentecost 8, focusing on Hosea 11:1-11 and Luke 12:13-21, but also referencing Psalm 107 and Colossians 3:1-11.
Jul 13, 2022
C132 - Pentecost 7
Rachel and Fran explore Hosea 1:2-10 and Luke 11:1-13: readings for Pentecost 7 We mention Rowan Williams' Being Christian
Jul 6, 2022
C131 - Pentecost 6
Fran and U-Wen sit down to explore readings from Pentecost 6: Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42 We mention N.T Wright's youtube lecture on Colossians Brian Walsh and Sylvia Keesmaat's Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire; Joel Green's Gospel of Luke
Jun 29, 2022
C130 - Pentecost 5
For Pentecost 5, U-Wen and Fran focus conversation on Amos 7: 7-17, Psalm 82 and Luke 10:25-37. We mention Brendan Byrne's The Hospitality of God
Jun 22, 2022
C129 - Pentecost 4
This week we discuss the healing of Naaman in 2 Kings 5, noting the way the story-teller subverts cultural norms to locate the voice of wisdom and faithfulness in those of the lowest status. In Luke 10 we encounter the sending of the 72 (70) to go before Jesus and announce the reign of God.
Jun 15, 2022
C128 - Pentecost 3
Kylie and Fran discuss Elijah passing the mantle to Elisha in 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, the urgent call to follow Jesus in Luke 9:51-62, and the fruits of the Spirit Galatians 5:1, 13-25. We mention Rowan Williams' Being Disciples and ABC TV's Compass program
Jun 8, 2022
C127 - Pentecost 2
In this episode Sean and Carolyn discuss Elijah's encounter with God outside a cave (1 Kings 19:1–4, (5–7), 8–15a), Paul's famous declaration that 'all are one in Christ Jesus' (Galatians 3:23–29), and Luke's dramatic portrayal of the man occupied by a 'legion' of demons (Luke 8:26–39).
Jun 2, 2022
C126 - Trinity Sunday
In this episode Carolyn Francis and Sean Winter are in conversation about Proverbs 8:1–4, 22–31, Romans 5:1–5, and John 16:12–15. They consider the ways that the preacher might approach the task of preaching on Trinity Sunday, and talk about the role of woman wisdom and the Holy Spirit in relation to God's creation of and concern for God's world and connection to suffering and struggle.
May 25, 2022
C125 - Pentecost
Fran and Robyn discuss the different theologies of the Spirit in Genesis 11:1-9, Acts 2:1-21; Romans 8:14-17, and John 14:8-17.
May 18, 2022
C124 - Easter 7
Monica and U-Wen discuss the slave girl in Acts 16:16-34 as well as Psalm 97 and Revelation 22:12-21.
May 11, 2022
C123 - Easter 6
Sally and Robyn discuss the activity of the Holy Spirit, Lydia, New Jerusalem, and much more in this week's jam-packed episode. The readings are Acts 16:9-15, Psalm 67, Rev 21:10, 22-22:5, and John 5:1-9 or 14:23-29.
May 4, 2022
C122 - Easter 5
Fran and Monica discuss the readings for Easter 5: Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 148 and John 13:31-35.
Apr 28, 2022
C121 - Easter 4
Robyn and Fran sit down and talk about Acts 9:36-43, Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30. We mention Willie Jennings' commentary on Acts, and our episode B118 on Psalm 23
Apr 20, 2022
C120 - Easter 3
In this episode, U-Wen and Robyn discuss the role of Ananias in bringing Saul into the Christian community (Acts 9:1-20), Peter's restoration to discipleship and mission (John 21:1-19), and the entire creation's worship of the Lamb and enthroned one in Revelation (Rev 5:11-14). All exemplify the kinds of faithful responses to the resurrection available to Christians both then and now, as well as the early church's emphasis on forgiveness and working with the Spirit. We mention Ian Paul's Psephizo blog post on John 21 and the words for love.
Apr 15, 2022
C119 - Easter 2
Robyn and U-Wen discuss the lectionary readings from Acts 5:27-32, Rev 1:4-8, and John 20:19-31. Each record responses to the resurrection, the activity of the Spirit, the role of forgiveness, and early Christian witness to the resurrection. We mention Willie Jenning's Acts Commentary, this book on Revelation, Frank Moloney's Reading Revelation at Easter, and U-Wen's Unveiling Apocalypse podcast.
Apr 7, 2022
C118 - Easter Sunday
This Easter, can we testify like Mary who declared "I have seen the Lord"? How might we invite others into the posture of discipleship and invite them to "come and see"? Kylie and Robyn talk about preaching the meaning of the resurrection rather than trying to explain or defend it. Themes of new creation, promise, and suffering transformed cut across the readings from Isa 65:17-25, 1 Cor 15:19-26, and John 20:1-18. We refer to Women Remembered by Bond and Taylor.
Apr 4, 2022
C117 - Good Friday
In this special, longer episode for Good Friday, Robyn Whitaker sits down with two guests: Dorothy Lee brings her literary and theological insights to John's passion (John 18-19) and Andrew McGowan discusses preaching traditions for Good Friday, his book Seven Last Words, and atonement theologies.
Mar 30, 2022
C116 - Palm Sunday
Sean and Fran discuss the readings for Palm Sunday: Psalm 118:1-2; 19-29 and Luke 19:28-40.
Mar 23, 2022
C115 - Lent 5 (Isaiah 43:16-21 & John 12:1-8)
In this week's podcast, Howard and Sally explore Isaiah 43:16-21 & John 12:1-8. We make mention of Sandra Schneiders "Written That You May Believe".
Mar 16, 2022
C114 - Lent 4
U-Wen and Fran sit down to discuss Luke 15:1-3; 11-32 and 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 for Lent 4.
Mar 10, 2022
C113 - Lent 3
Howard and Fran sat down to discuss three readings for Lent 3: Isaiah 55:1-9; Psalm 63:1-8; Luke 13:1-9.
Mar 2, 2022
C112 - Lent 2
We discuss Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Phil 3:17-4:1; and Luke 13:31-35.