Being Bad at Doing Good


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...]

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...]