You Are Included! (Heretic’s Guide Bible Bonus)

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Apologies for my silence over the past week, but a dear friend, and the wife of my Homebrewed CultureCast podcast cohost, died this past week. Special thanks go out to my friend and colleague, David Ackerman, for stepping up and offering a study for us to engage this week. Thanks David! And be sure to check out the links below to his book on often-overlooked Bible passages, "Beyond the Lectionary." “You Are Included!” A Heretic’s Guide to the Bible Bonus Readings from Beyond the … [Read more...]

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...]

What’s Old is New…and Then Old Again (Sun. Nov 18, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading Isaiah 65:17-25 The prophet envisions a new heaven and earth, in which life in Jerusalem will be long, prosperous and no longer in service to occupying powers. There will be unprecedented peace, down to the wild animals who will lie together. The only one out of luck is the serpent, who has to eat dust. Poor guy. Isaiah 12 A prayer of praise and thanks to God, who is the people’s strength and salvation. God forgives, gets over … [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...]

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...]

Life and Death Decisions (Lectionary Study for July 7, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading 2 Kings 5:1-14 Naaman is a great warrior for King Aram but he suffers from leprosy.  Elisha invites Naaman to his house in order to be healed.  When Naaman gets there Elisha sends a servant felt tells him to bathe himself seven times in the river Jordan. Naaman is offended that Elisha doesn’t come out in person and almost goes home. But his servant convinces him to follow through on what Elisha has told him to do, and he is … [Read more...]

Which Way Did He Go, George? ( Lectionary study for Sunday, June 23, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading 1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a Elijah gets in trouble with the King Ahab and Jezebel for killing their prophets. He hides in the woods and waits to die but an angel gives him food. He retreats to mount Horeb for 40 days. God appears to Elijah and tells him to retreat to the wilderness in Damascus. (and) Isaiah 65:1-9 The prophet Isaiah is condemning those who do not observe Jewish law and do not worship the God of Abraham. He … [Read more...]

You’d Better Recognize: Lectionary Texts for March 17, 2013

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) Gospel John 12:1-8 Mary anoints Jesus’ feet with expensive oil. First Reading Isaiah 43:16-21 I’m doing a new thing; don’t you recognize it? Psalm Psalm 126 God, change our circumstances for the better. Let those who plant with tears reap the harvest with joyful shouts. Second Reading Philippians 3:4b-14 Forget what’s behind; reach ahead. Lose everything you have for the sake of Christ. ∞ WTF? (Breaking down … [Read more...]