Author Archives: gregoryjenks

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.

Marking Jesus: True kinship

Pentecost 3B Christ Church Cathedral 10 June 2018 [video] Have you ever imagined what it might have been like to have known Jesus during his life among us? To have walked the hills of Palestine with him, listened as he shared … Continue reading

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Harvest of divine love

Pentecost Sunday Christ Church Cathedral 20 May 2018   Today we are in an interesting space, a liminal space of sorts. Christians are observing Pentecost Sunday, a holy day that we share with our Jewish friends. But during this past … Continue reading

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Easter—day #50

Reflections for Pentecost Sunday’s bulletin … Today we are observing Pentecost Sunday. This is a holy day with ancient roots that run deep into the spiritual soil of our religion, while offering us a fresh vision for what life and … Continue reading

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Ecumenism: journey​, pilgrimage and challenge

Easter 7(B) 13 May 2018 Christ Church Cathedral     The ten days between Ascension Day and Pentecost Sunday are marked within the Australian churches as a week of special prayer for Christian unity. As we reflect on the challenges … Continue reading

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Making meaning out of the cross

My 2018 Good Friday sermon seems to have attracted rather more attention, and to have triggered much more conversation, than any other recent sermon. The overwhelming tone of the communications that I have received have been appreciative, positive and supportive. … Continue reading

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Life embedded in love

Easter 5(B) Christ Church Cathedral Grafton 29 April 2018 [video] As best I can recall, my very first Sunday reflection was on the Gospel passage we have just heard: John 15, the vine, the vinegrower and the branches. I was … Continue reading

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Earthlings first and last

Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton Earth Sunday 2018 22 April 2018 [video] Today we have an opportunity to reflect on the significance of Earth for us as people of faith, and to reflect on the significance of faith—specifically Easter faith—for Earth. … Continue reading

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A letter to my critics

It seems that my 2018 Good Friday sermon has attracted more interest among a wider circle of people than I mostly manage to achieve. This includes negative reactions—some of them quite exaggerated—among conservative Evangelicals for whom there is only one … Continue reading

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Better than silver or gold

Christ Church Cathedral Grafton Third Sunday of Easter 15 April 2018 [video] During these great fifty days after Easter the first reading in Church most Sundays comes from the Book of Acts rather than the Old Testament. Normally we take … Continue reading

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Witnesses to transformation

Easter Day Christ Church Cathedral 1 April 2018 [video] Our second reading for this liturgy is from Paul’s first letter to the troublesome Christian community at Corinth. They were a tough parish for Paul to serve as their pastor, but … Continue reading

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