Getting Honest About Doubt (Heretic’s Guide for Oct 6, 2013)


Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading Lamentations 1:1-6 Judah has been invaded and captured by the Babylonians. The citizens of Judah fled and abandoned the city. This is a poem, personifying the city as if it were an abused and neglected woman. 3:19-26 In affirmation of the hope still found in God, despite present circumstances. and Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 The Oracle is crying out for relief from their captors. It seems that there is no end in sight to the … [Read more...]

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


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)


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)


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)


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...]

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 (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...]

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...]