Would Jesus Take a Selfie? (Heretic’s Guide for Sun, Dec 8, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading Isaiah 11:1-10 The prophet offers a vision of hope to the people of Israel, who are under siege by the Assyrian army. In his future vision, humanity and the rest of creation are all woven together into a single tapestry of creation. There is a new order established, a promise of new growth and of stability and peace. Psalm Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 A prayer for the welfare of the people’s king (not sure which one based on the … [Read more...]

The Messiness of Togetherness (Sun, Dec 1, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading Isaiah 2:1-5 Perhaps the most beautiful text in Isaiah, in which the prophet describes how those who seek the wisdom of God will turn their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. It is a vision of unifying, reconciling piece among all nations. Psalm Psalm 122 Jerusalem is described as a city on a hill to which the 12 tribes of Israel make pilgrimage. It reinforces the idea that this is a holy site and that … [Read more...]

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...]