I’m Awesomely Humble (Lectionary Study for Sunday, September 1, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading Jeremiah 2:4-13 The prophet shares God’s mournful disappointment that the people of Israel have turned from God, even after being delivered from the desert into a land of plenty. Their transgressions are twofold: forsaking God and trying to create new false gods for themselves. and Proverbs 25:6-7 A wise call to humility, the author of the proverb warns that it’s better to place yourself in a lower social standing and be … [Read more...]

Older People Rock (Heretic’s Guide Bonus for Sept 1, 2013)

“Older People Rock” A Heretic’s Guide to the Bible Bonus Readings from Beyond the Lectionary by David Ackerman for Proper 17: September 1, 2013 Bible Cliff’s Notes Gospel – John 7:40-44:  People are divided in their opinions about Jesus.  Some think he’s the Messiah while others think he’s a fraud who should be arrested.  Sounds a lot like people’s ideas about Jesus today! First Reading – 1 Kings 12:1-20 – Around 931 BCE, the kingdom of Israel divides into two … [Read more...]

Chill Out LIVE CHAT, Wednesday, 11AM Pacific

So we're trying a new PRO account in AnyMeeting this week, which should give us a higher quality connection, will be ad-free and will make it easier to record the event. We're not doing the email blast invite now...so click on the link below to register for the Live Chat this Wednesday. … [Read more...]

Chill Out (Heretic’s Guide for Sunday, August 25th, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading Jeremiah 1:4-10 The prophet Jeremiah explains the experience of being anointed by God to speak on God's behalf and to have power over the nations. He explains that God knew him since before he was born, and God will not hear his complaints of inadequacy. God assures Jeremiah that he will have what he needs for the job. and Isaiah 58:9b-14 The prophet Isaiah offers a promise of renewal and rejuvenation from God to the people of … [Read more...]

My Video Chat with Jay Bakker

Thought my fellow Heretics might enjoy a sneak preview of a video interview I did with my friend, Jay Bakker, a day before I post it on my public blog. … [Read more...]

Burn It Down (Heretic’s Guide for Sunday August 18th, 2013)

Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading Isaiah 5:1-7 The prophet compares the people of Israel to a vineyard planted by God. The vineyard was supposed to yield nourishing, healthy grapes, but instead yielded wild fruit. Although God established Israelites to seek peace and righteousness, they have turned the bloodshed and suffering. So Isaiah prophesies that God will turn God's back on them, and they will suffer the inevitable consequences of their own … [Read more...]

All In (Lectionary Study for Sunday, August 11, 2013)

Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 God finds all of the offerings given by the people of Sodom to be repugnant. He tells them to stop making offerings, and instead, to focus on personal conversion, care for the outcast. The admonition concludes with a promise that, if they are contrite, their transgressions will be forgiven. and Genesis 15:1-6 God promises great rewards to Abram for his faithfulness, but Abram is distraught because he has no … [Read more...]

Get Lazy for Jesus (Lectionary Study for Sun, Aug 4, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading Hosea 11:1-11 A poem of lament of sorts, spoken on God’s behalf. God is mourning the fact that the people of Israel continue to turn their backs on God, despite being delivered from Egyptian bondage and being sustained and nourished during the exodus. Instead, they worship pagan Gods and are inclined toward violence. Despite God’s disappointment, there is a vow not to strike out in anger, but to keep calling out to God’s … [Read more...]

Jesus Found My Wallet! (Lectionary Study for Sunday, July 28, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading Hosea 1:2-10 Hosea is ordered by God to Mary Gomer, and they have three children. The names of the three children – Jezreel, Lo-ruhamah and Lo-ammi - represent forthcoming consequences of Israel's abandonment of their covenant with God. The harshness is softened in verse 10 when God promises that the future of Israel and its people can still be great. and Genesis 18:20-32 God intends to destroy Sodom for its wickedness, but … [Read more...]

No Live Chat This Week

Greetings, my beloved  Heretics: Unfortunately I will not be available this Wednesday for our regular live chat.  I am at my denomination's international assembly and, aside from having little to no Internet connectivity, I am also under siege for my time while here.  I want to encourage everyone, however, to take this chance to light up the comment thread at the end of the study. I appreciate that folks subscribe for my work on this project, but that is only part of the formula. You … [Read more...]