Anglican Church of Australia

Anglican Church Southern Queensland

Rev'd Scott Gunthorpe

  • Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 22 February 2020 : Rev'd Scott Gunthorpe

    If any of the Gospel passages sound like a science-fiction movie, it must be the Transfiguration. We are given images that are sometimes hard to digest. Jesus’ face shines like the sun—what does that mean? His clothes dazzled white – does that mean light also emitted from them? Sometimes, when we try to describe God, and certainly an encounter with the Divine, words fail to do us justice. We are caught up in language that is inadequate or even contradictory. If Jesus’ face was shining like the sun, was it also extremely hot, or was it just intensely bright? We have encountered a mystery.

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  • MUSINGS FROM REV. SCOTT GUNTHORPE : 22 February 2020 : Rev'd Scott Gunthorpe

    Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
    This weekend we come together to celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration. That mountaintop experience where some of the disciples saw Jesus revealed as the Son of God in dazzling white. They were so excited by the experience that they wanted to prolong it by building tents. …

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  • Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 15 February 2020 : Weekly Gospel Reflections

    This passage belongs to the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus tells the crowd that it is not enough to abstain from murder: “I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment… you will be liable to the hell of fire.” …

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  • MUSINGS FROM REV. SCOTT GUNTHORPE : 15 February 2020 : Rev'd Scott Gunthorpe


    This Sunday we come together for our AGM. This is a great time for reflection on the previous year, but also an opportunity to look with passion to the year ahead. We will look at the reports submitted, pass the budget for 2020 and look to see where all this fits into our Mission Action Plan (MAP). …

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  • Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 20 December 2019 : Weekly Gospel Reflections

    We begin with the genesis of Jesus in this gospel. We read this scene as an Advent text, but Matthew tells us here that it is Jesus’ birth narrative. It ends up working, because Matthew isn’t focused on the birth itself, but rather the identity of the one being born. Matthew’s focus is Christological.
    Another unique feature of Matthew’s text is his focus on the role of Joseph. …

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  • MUSINGS FROM REV. SCOTT GUNTHORPE : 20 December 2019 : Rector's Musings

    As we approach the last days of Advent—those last days that we prepare, waiting expectantly—we are presented with the story of Jesus’ birth by Matthew. This gospel takes the perspective of Joseph as he hears from the angel. …

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  • MUSINGS FROM REV. SCOTT GUNTHORPE : 20 December 2019 : Rector's Musings

    As we approach the last days of Advent—those last days that we prepare, waiting expectantly—we are presented with the story of Jesus’ birth by Matthew. This gospel takes the perspective of Joseph as he hears from the angel. …

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  • Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 13 December 2019 : Rev'd Scott Gunthorpe


    “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” is the question at the heart of Advent, as we live in a season of anticipation. We, too, find ourselves in the confinement of our limited imaginations about God. We long and hope dearly, but sometimes wonder if the promises given to us by God could really ever come.

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  • MUSINGS FROM REV. SCOTT GUNTHORPE : 13 December 2019 : Rev'd Scott Gunthorpe

    This week we come to celebrate the third Sunday in Advent. Traditionally this Sunday is also known as Gaudete Sunday or Rose Sunday. Like Laetare/Refreshment Sunday in Lent, this is a time to break from the seasonal traditions. During Advent we focus on waiting expectantly for Jesus, his birth, his presence and second coming.
    On Rose Sunday we are encourage to rejoice.

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  • Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 06 December 2019 : Weekly Gospel Reflections

    Baptism in the wilderness is a curious thing. In the wilderness, where the vagabonds and outcasts dwell, a furious John the Baptist rejects a group of priests coming for baptism and admonishes them to “bear fruit worthy of repentance”—an obvious refusal to be convinced by the Pharisees’ and Sadducees’ display of righteousness, …

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