Author Archives: gregoryjenks

About gregoryjenks

Anglican priest and religion scholar. Senior Lecturer in the School of Theology at Charles Sturt University. Formerly Dean at St George's College, Jerusalem. Currently serving as the locum priest at Byron Bay Anglican Parish.

Oasis of shalom

Easter 6 (A) 21 May 2017 St Paul’s Anglican Church Byron Bay This morning we continue our series of sermons on the attributes of a spiritually confident faith community in contemporary Australia. We began by considering what we mean by … Continue reading

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Confident faith in a post-Christian world

Reflections for a diocesan clergy retreat Cathedral of Christ the King, Grafton (17 May 2017) In the context of this clergy retreat we have been reflecting together on the text from 2 Timothy 1:7 passage: For God did not give us … Continue reading

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Thin places and deep wells

Easter 5A (14 May 2017) St Paul’s Church, Byron Bay This is the third sermon in our mini series looking at the attributes of spiritually confident faith communities. We have already reflected on the dynamic of spiritual confidence, which is … Continue reading

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People of the Book

Easter 4A 7 May 2017 St Paul’s Church, Byron Bay St Columba’s Church, Ewingsdale This is the second in a series of sermons that are seeking to explore some of the attributes of spiritually confident faith communities. We began the … Continue reading

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Spiritual confidence

23 April 2017 Second Sunday of Easter St Paul’s Anglican Church Byron Bay My usual practice is to preach on the texts of the day, and especially the Gospel passage. However, during the extended Easter season—our ‘week of weeks’ celebrating … Continue reading

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Through resurrection eyes

16 April 2017 Easter Eucharist St Pauls’ Church, Byron Bay THIS past week we have walked the road to Calvary: Palm Sunday Maundy Thursday Good Friday Holy Saturday Today we begin our Easter celebrations. They will stretch through the next 50 … Continue reading

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None left behind

15 April 2017 Easter Eve Vigil Eucharist St Oswald’s Church, Broken Head TONIGHT we begin our Easter celebrations. they will stretch through the next 50 days. This ‘week of weeks’ is a symbol of prophetic fulfilment and cosmic abundance, with roots … Continue reading

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Christ has died

Good Friday 14 April 2017 Byron Bay   Today we gather to commemorate the death of Jesus: most likely on Friday, 7 April 0030. We are not re-enacting the crucifixion, but we are remembering that tragic event and reflecting on … Continue reading

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Breaking bread, sharing a cup

Maundy Thursday 13 April 2017 Byron Bay A small group of people are gathered in an upstairs room in a modest house on the Western Hill of Jerusalem. It is Passover time in Jerusalem and the Holy City is full … Continue reading

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Different drum beats

Palm Sunday (Year A) St Paul’s Anglican Church, Byron Bay 9 April 2017 Well, here we are … With Christians around the world, we mark the beginning of Holy Week with the beautiful liturgy of the palms and at least … Continue reading

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