Show Your Cheeks for Jesus (Heretic’s Guide for Sun, Nov 1, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18 Daniel has a dream of four beasts rising from the ocean. His dream interpreter explains to him that these beasts represent four kings who will rule over the land. But also that the one true king (God) will prevail over all earthly authority. Psalm Psalm 149 A curious song of praise that also serves as a rallying cry to battle for the people of Israel. First, it calls them to joyful praise of God and every … [Read more...]

Being Bad at Doing Good

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading Joel 2:23-32 Respite from the droughts and plagues of locusts has finally arrived. Rains have returned and the earth is yielding food in abundance. Time of judgment is over and God's people are now entering a time of restoration and of plenty. and Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22 Jeremiah is doing two things in this text. First, he offers a prayer of confession for the sinfulness of the people of Israel. He speaks on their behalf to … [Read more...]

The Meaning of Life: The Hippo and the Crocodile (BONUS CONTENT)

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My sincerest apologies to David Ackerman for posting this late. Although he got it to me on time, I am posting it after the Sunday it was intended for. David, the next time we are together, I am indebted to you for one swift kick in the ass.  Please take the time to read David's fantastic commentary, and to check out his book, "Beyond the Lectionary." “The Meaning of Life: The Hippo and the Crocodile” A Heretic’s Guide to the Bible Bonus Readings from Beyond the Lectionary by David … [Read more...]

Be Annoying for God (Heretic’s Guide for Sunday, Oct 20, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading Jeremiah 31:27-34 God is preparing to spiritually clean house with the people of Israel. Although they broke the covenant with God that had been made before their time in Egypt, God will infuse this new covenant within them, on their hearts, so they cannot forsake it. All former sins will be forgiven and there will be a new beginning. and Genesis 32:22-31 Jacob wrestles with a man in a place he names “Peniel,” after the … [Read more...]

A Leper’s Messiah (Study for Sunday, Oct 13, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 Jeremiah advises the exiles from Jerusalem to Babylon to go one with their lives while in exile, and even to pray for the welfare of their occupiers, since their well-being and the exiles’ well-being are married together. 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c Story of Naaman (copied from July 7, 2013 study) Naaman is a great warrior for King Aram but he suffers from leprosy.  Elisha invites Naaman to his house in order to … [Read more...]

Discussion/Reflection Questions for this week

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on these in the comments below, or raise your own questions. Can doubt and faith coexist? How does that look for you? How do you feel about the statement: "The opposite of faith isn't doubt; the opposite of faith is certainty."? Is it fair for a church to ask their pastor to make explicit statements of faith? What things in your life challenge your faith the most? What do you do when you find yourself surrounded by doubt? … [Read more...]