God Hits the “Smite” Button (Bonus “Year D” Content For June 16, 2013)

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God Hits the “Smite” Button A Heretic’s Guide to the Bible Bonus Readings from Beyond the Lectionary by David Ackerman for Proper 6: June 16, 2013 Bible Cliff’s Notes Gospel Matthew 12:43-45:  This is a strange statement by Jesus in which he talks about how an unclean spirit wanders through deserts after leaving a person and returns to the house from where it came.  It brings along seven spirits more evil than itself so that things are worse for the person than they were.  … [Read more...]

Elijah to the Baalites: Your God Sucks! (VIDEO from Live Chat)

Was Elijah's arrogance sanctioned or justified by God? Can we ever truly be boastful in our faith, like Paul says? Why does Jesus heal the centurion's slave, but not free him from a life of bondage? Those questions and many others are the subject of this week's Heretic's Guide to the Bible LIVE CHAT. … [Read more...]

God is a Sock (Lectionary Study for Sunday, June 9th)


Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading 1 Kings 17:8-16, (17-24) A widow and her son living in Sidon are starving to death as the result of the famine. Elijah assures her that her food source will not run out. He also resurrects her son after he gets sick and dies. Because of this, she believes he is a man of God. Gospel Luke 7:11-17 Jesus arrives in the town of Nain with his disciples and a big following. A widow is taking her only son to be buried, when Jesus brings … [Read more...]

Hey, Wise Guy! Live chat Video Review

Bad news: The audio from today's live chat didn't record. Grrr. Good news: I have an awesome new recording program that SHOULD keep this from happening again. So for this week, I offer my humble recap of the great discussion that took place during our real-time forum today. Here's hoping you'll join us next week! … [Read more...]

“Hey, Wise Guy!” LIVE CHAT May 22nd, 11AM Pacific

Yo Heretical Sidekicks: It's time tomorrow for another LIVE CHAT for all Heretic's Guide community members. Our new systems allow people to join by video/webcam, telephone or text chat, so however you want to participate, come and get it!We continue to have great and inspiring conversations each and every week. This week's Topic is the study, "Hey, Wise Guy!" with a focus on Christian wisdom and what that means with regard to our responsibility as the proverbial top dogs on the food … [Read more...]

Elijah to the Baalites: “Your God Sucks!” (Lectionary Texts for Sun., June 2nd)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading 1 Kings 18:20-21, (22-29), 30-39 Elijah challenges the prophets of the god Baal to a standoff. Both will prepare offerings to their gods, and will call on them to consume the offerings with fire. Baal does nothing, much to the chagrin of his prophets, but the God of Abraham consumes the offering with fire. And Elijah kind of rubs their noses in it. Gospel Luke 7:1-10 Jesus heals a Roman soldier’s slave. The Jewish people … [Read more...]

Holy Rollers and Drunk Disciples LIVE CHAT Video

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Okay folks. Here's a video recording of our live chat today on the lectionary texts for May 19th, 2013. We had people join us by text, live video and even by phone. Very cool! We're going to do it again next week, so I hope you join us. But until then, check out what you missed, or if you were a part of it, relive the GLORY :-) … [Read more...]

LIVE CHAT Tomorrow: Let us know you’re coming!


Dear Fellow Heretics: Here's hoping you're joining us tomorrow at 11AM Pacific for our weekly live chat! If you plan to join us for what always proves to be a fun, interesting and enriching conversation, please take a second to click the registration link below: … [Read more...]

Hey, Wise Guy! (Lectionary Study for Sunday, May 26th, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 Wisdom (a feminine figure) longs to reach out and share her message with all people. The claims that she (wisdom) has been around since the forming of the universe. We were fashioned, or co-created, by this wisdom, which is a “master worker” beside God. Gospel John 16:12-15 Jesus is heir to all that is of God. He vows, in turn, to entrust it to us. He notes that we can’t yet handle all he has to tell … [Read more...]

Jesus in Space! A VIDEO Breakdown


What if, while focusing on the big, obvious miracles, we miss the ones that can most readily change our lives, here and now? … [Read more...]