Looking Where Prophets Point

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I will be concluding my Heretic’s Guide to the Bible weekly online study at the end of this calendar year. But while I’m still at it, I figured I’d share a sample from the study for this week. First Reading Isaiah 11:1-10 The prophet offers a vision of hope to the people of Israel, who [Read More...]

Show Your Cheeks for Jesus!

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This is excerpted from the larger weekly Heretic’s Guide to the Bible Study. To read more, CLICK HERE, or on the banners above or below. First Reading Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18 Psalm Psalm 149 Second reading Ephesians 1:11-23 Gospel Luke 6:20-31 It is an interesting time in the lectionary to have many of these texts come [Read More...]

Being Bad at Doing Good

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The following is an excerpt from my weekly Heretic’s Guide to the Bible study. To read more, and to take part in the conversation, CLICK HERE, or on the Heretic’s Guide banners above or below the text. I spend a lot of time talking to people about what it means to be a Christian. Of [Read More...]

When Ministers Get Honest About Doubt

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Following is excerpted from my larger weekly Bible Study, called Heretic’s Guide to the Bible. To read more, or to join the study, CLICK HERE or on the banners above or below the text. A friend of mine was a pastor at a church where she admitted to me that her congregation had different ideas [Read More...]

Mutual Interest is Self-Interest (Reflection on the Parable of the Money Manager – Luke 14)

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Following is a reflection that is part of my larger weekly Heretic’s Guide to the Bible study. This week’s Gospel text is from Luke 14, in which Jesus tells a perplexing story about what seems to be a self-serving money manager who is getting fired by his master. To read more, or to take part [Read More...]

Those People

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Following is taken from my Heretic’s Guide to the Bible weekly lectionary study. To learn more, or to become part of the Heretic’s Guide Community, CLICK HERE, or on the banners above or below this post. While Amy was in seminary, she and I worked together at a small church in Fort Worth. The church [Read More...]

Green Sticks and Broken Bones

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Following is a reflection from my weekly Heretic’s Guide to the Bible lectionary study. For the full study, or for me about how to join the study. CLICK HERE or on the banners at the top or bottom of this post.  My son, Mattias, wanted to do something special for the last day of summer [Read More...]

Hope Without Expectation

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Following is excerpted from the August 11th Heretic’s Guide to the Bible study, “All In,” found in full HERE. To learn more, click on the banners at the top or bottom of the story. When I was a little kid, probably in the first or second grade, my dad worked late. He was an insurance [Read More...]


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