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.

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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Rethinking the cross of Jesus

Good Friday Christ Church Cathedral 30 March 2018 [video] This morning I want to speak briefly about the death of Jesus, about the cross. It is a most familiar topic, as our churches are littered with crosses. From the roof … Continue reading

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When words fail …

Christ Church Cathedral Grafton Lent 5 (B) 18 March 2018 [video] This week the Sunday lectionary offers us three serves of text, each of which centres around a particular—but different—metaphor. At first glance I wondered what exactly I would do … Continue reading

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The cleansing of the church

Lent 3 (B) Christ Church Cathedral Grafton 4 March 2018 [video] The lectionary today switches us across to a series of readings from the Gospel of John. For the next three Sundays our gospel readings will come from John even … Continue reading

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Amazing grace

Ordination of Chad Rynehart Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School Chapel 24  February 2018   May these words be spoken and heard in the power of love. Amen. We are gathered here in this school chapel for the ordination of Chad Rynehart. … Continue reading

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Turning towards life

Lent 1 (B) Christ Church Cathedral 18 February 2018 [video] Turning to life On the first Sunday of Lent you might have been expecting to hear the Gospel story of Jesus being tested by the devil during a 40 day … Continue reading

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The stories that define us

In his daily meditation for this past Sunday, Richard Rohr correctly invites us to embrace the concept of original blessing and eschew meta-narratives of violence, since these are stories that shape us. I have immense respect for Rohr and his … Continue reading

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Transfiguration … transformation … ministry

Christ Church Cathedral Last Sunday after the Epiphany 11 February 2018     [video] The story of Jesus’ transfiguration is unique because it is so different from all the other memories of Jesus that were preserved by the earliest Christians. … Continue reading

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