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...]