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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.

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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Paul in his own words

As I prepare for a Dean’s Forum tomorrow with a focus on what we know about Paul the Apostle, this handout which has been prepared for participants might be of wider interest. Rather than rely on the imaginative representation of … Continue reading

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Building strong families

Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton Pentecost 12 (B) 12 August 2018     [video] The great lectionary diversion As basic pattern, each year over a three-year cycle, we focus on the witness of one Gospel to Jesus: Matthew in Year A … Continue reading

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Abundance

Pentecost 10B Christ Church Cathedral Grafton 29 July 2018 [video] This week’s Gospel offers us one of the all-time favourite biblical stories about Jesus. This story was so popular in the early church that we find it in all 4 … Continue reading

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Capturing our characters

Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton Pentecost 8(B) 15 July 2018   Sometimes it feels like we are drowning in words. Words are everywhere, and especially so in church. Big words. Rare words. Fancy words. Lots of words. As it happens I … Continue reading

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Not without honour

Pentecost 7B Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton 8 July 2018 [video] In this week’s gospel passage Jesus goes home to Nazareth. This is another episode in Mark’s series as he sketches a Jesus who confronts, annoys, excites and irritates both his … Continue reading

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The book that disrupts

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (B) Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton 1 July 2018 [video] We are now about halfway through our series of Marking Jesus, as we pay attention to the way that the Gospel of Mark presents Jesus as a … Continue reading

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The Song of the Bow

In many Christian communities around the world this coming weekend, the first reading will include this ancient Hebrew lament, The Song of the Bow (2 Sam 1:17–27 NRSV.) David intoned this lamentation over Saul and his son Jonathan. (He ordered … Continue reading

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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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