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About gregoryjenks

Anglican priest and religion scholar. Senior Lecturer in the School of Theology at Charles Sturt University. Dean, Cathedral Church of Christ the King, Grafton and Rector of the Anglican Parish of Grafton. Formerly Dean at St George's College, Jerusalem. The opinions expressed in my publications, including my blog posts, are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Diocese of Grafton nor Christ Church​ Cathedral in Grafton.

Hope, not fear

Advent Sunday Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton 2 December 2018 [video] Here we are on the threshold of a new year of witness and service. It is Advent Sunday, and Christmas is just around the corner. Between now and then we … Continue reading

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Reflections on stuffing envelopes

As a child of active church people in the 1960s and then a young church leader in the 1970s, I have filled a lot of envelopes in my time and applied a vast number of address labels. Yesterday I was … Continue reading

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The precious in-between time

Christ Church Cathedral Grafton Admission of Children to Holy Communion 18 November 2018   In our first reading this morning we heard the opening scene of an ancient set of stories about Samuel, one of the great figures in the … Continue reading

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A sure and certain hope

Christ Church Cathedral Grafton All Saints & All Souls 4 November 2018   [video] At some time in the past twelve months almost everyone here this morning will have heard a priest say these words: Almighty God, our heavenly Father, … Continue reading

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Saint Simon and St Jude

St Simon & St Jude Grafton Cathedral 28 October 2018 [video] During the course of the year, we celebrate numerous holy people: apostles and prophets, martyrs and teachers, missionaries and social reformers. Chief among the saints that we honour is … Continue reading

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Francis and the wolf

Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton Creation Sunday Blessing of the Animals 7 October 2018 [video] Let’s begin with a story … The date is 1220 CE, about six years before the death of Francis of Assisi. The place is Gubbio, a … Continue reading

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Capernaum’s child

Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (B) 23 September 2018   [video] Mark the Gospel artist continues working with his palette this week. He has crafted two powerful scenes, neither of which we have heard as we follow … Continue reading

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The turning point

Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (B) 16 September 2018 [video] In today’s gospel reading we reach the mid-point of Mark’s Gospel. I am not counting words, but describing the turning point in Mark’s overall story. More on that … Continue reading

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Crumbs of compassion

Christ Church Cathedral Grafton Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (B) 9 September 2018   [video] All three readings today revolve around the theme of practical religion. Proverbs 22 promotes compassion and integrity James 2 encourages generosity that pays no attention to … Continue reading

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The secret of the grain that falls

Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton The Martyrs of PNG 2 September 2018 [video] In today’s Gospel—chosen for the festival of the PNG Martyrs—we have a classic piece of spiritual wisdom from Jesus: “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of … Continue reading

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