It’s Not What It Looks Like! (Heretic’s Guide for Sun, Nov 24, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading Jeremiah 23:1-6 The prophet, speaking for God, condemns the failure of previous Jewish leaders to protect their people from outside forces, while also offering a promise to reconcile those exiled together, once again. Psalm Psalm 46 A song of the power of God to preserve the City of David (Zion), and also to end all war and conflict for all times, in every corner of the earth. It is a call to hope and faith even when present … [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...]

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...]

Rich People Suck (Heretic’s Guide for Sept 29, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 The prophet Jeremiah writes from jail about a command from God to purchase some land in Judah, even as it is under siege by the Babylonian military, which is threatening to bring it under their control. and Amos 6:1a, 4-7 Amos offers a grave warning for those who live the easy life, while not mourning the ruin of the people descended from Joseph , will be the first to suffer in exile for their … [Read more...]

Mutual Interest is Self-Interest (Heretic’s Guide for Sept. 22, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 The prophet mourns over the suffering of his people He longs for healing for those who seek it, and is heartsick for those who have died among them. and Amos 8:4-7 Amos calls out those who are engaged in price fixing, and who exploit the poor for personal gain. In short, God is going to kick their collective asses for taking advantage of the por and using their power for selfish means. Psalm Psalm … [Read more...]

Those People (Heretic’s Guide for Sept 15, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 Jeremiah offers a sire image of a scorching wind that will render everything to ruin. This is not a paring down to separate the good from the bad; rather, everything will be swept away, as it has all gone beyond redemption. and Exodus 32:7-14 God is distraught by the Jewish peoples’ faithlessness, having created a golden calf to worship. God vows to destroy them all, but Moses implores God to offer … [Read more...]

Stay Green, Christians (Study for September 8, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading Jeremiah 18:1-11 Jeremiah witnesses a potter turning a worthless pot into something usable and beautiful. God tells Jeremiah that he can do this and much more with the people of Israel. Basically, no person or nation is beyond the redemption of God. and Deuteronomy 30:15-20 The author of Deuteronomy is warning the people of Israel of what will happen if they stray from God's commandments, which is, of course, precisely what … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]