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...]

The Myth of the Self-Made Man (Heretic’s Guide for Sun. July 14, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading Amos 7:7-17 God tells Amos that he will hold a “plumb line” up against the people of Israel in an act of judgment. Amos, who is in the Northern Territory of Israel, begins to tell people to get ready for God's fierce judgment. Amaziah, a key priest in the court of King Jeroboam II, tells the king what Amos is saying and the King pressures Amos to heads south towards the territory Judah. Amos resists, and instead offers dire … [Read more...]