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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.

with all that I have

Third Sunday after Pentecost Christchurch Cathedral, Grafton 30 June 2019       Through this past month of Sundays we have been reflecting on the inner dynamics of our lives as Christian people. What are our core values? What is … Continue reading

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Spirit of the living God

Pentecost Sunday Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton 9 June 2019   [ video ] Last week we started a series of sermons that will extend across the five Sundays of June. During this month we are exploring the core of our … Continue reading

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First things first

Easter 7C Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton 2 June 2019       [ video ] At its last meeting, Parish Council agreed that we would use the five Sundays during June to reflect on our core mission as Christians: first … Continue reading

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Wisdom has set a table

CVAS Junior School Worship 26 May 2019 Christ Church Cathedral Grafton   [ video ] The Table stands at the centre of our worship today. It is always so for Christians. We have lots of symbols, but the Table is … Continue reading

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Love, actually (again)

Easter 5C Christchurch Cathedral, Grafton 19 May 2019   [ video ]     Love, actually (again)# # “again”, because on 23 December 2018 I preached a sermon with the same title.   There is a famous story—probably apocryphal—of a … Continue reading

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The Fourth R

For years now educators have reminded us of the need to address the “three R’s”: Reading, ‘Riting and ‘Rithmetic. At the same time, Religion scholars and especially those of us engaged critical biblical studies have been warning people not to … Continue reading

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The Good Shepherd

Easter 4C / Mothers’ Day Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton 12 May 2019 [ video ] It is a beautiful accident that our secular Mothers’ Day this year coincides with the Fourth Sunday of Easter, with its theme of Jesus as … Continue reading

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Sarcasm as a ​rhetorical​ tool

The axiom, “Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, but the highest form of intelligence”, is usually attributed to Oscar Wilde, the Irish poet and playwright who lived in the second half of the 1800s. That attribution may not be … Continue reading

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Reading the Bible to promote human flourishing

The Bible as a Charter for the Human Spirit: Reading the Bible to Promote Human Flourishing Gregory C. Jenks Festival of Wild Ideas, Sydney, 5 May 2019   [ video | PPT Presentation | PDF Handout] Let me begin by … Continue reading

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Imagine a church without Paul

Easter 3C St Luke’s Church, Mosman 5 May 2019 Thank you to Fr Max for the opportunity to be with you this morning and especially for the privilege of serving as preacher at this service. To lead the gathered people … Continue reading

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