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...]

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...]

Hey, Wise Guy! (Lectionary Study for Sunday, May 26th, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 Wisdom (a feminine figure) longs to reach out and share her message with all people. The claims that she (wisdom) has been around since the forming of the universe. We were fashioned, or co-created, by this wisdom, which is a “master worker” beside God. Gospel John 16:12-15 Jesus is heir to all that is of God. He vows, in turn, to entrust it to us. He notes that we can’t yet handle all he has to tell … [Read more...]

Holy Rollers and Drunk Disciples (Lectionary Study for Sunday, May 19th, 2013)


Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) Gospel John 14:8-17, 25-27 Phillips still doesn’t get that Jesus and God “the Father” are one and the same. But Jesus gets over being annoyed pretty quickly and assures him that he (and we) can and will do even greater things than Jesus when we do them in God’s name. We’re endowed with the Holy Spirit, or the “spirit of truth,” to keep us on the path that Jesus laid out for us. First Reading Acts 2:1-21 The beginning of … [Read more...]