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...]

It’s Not What It Looks Like! (Heretic’s Guide for Sun, Nov 24, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading Jeremiah 23:1-6 The prophet, speaking for God, condemns the failure of previous Jewish leaders to protect their people from outside forces, while also offering a promise to reconcile those exiled together, once again. Psalm Psalm 46 A song of the power of God to preserve the City of David (Zion), and also to end all war and conflict for all times, in every corner of the earth. It is a call to hope and faith even when present … [Read more...]

What’s Old is New…and Then Old Again (Sun. Nov 18, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading Isaiah 65:17-25 The prophet envisions a new heaven and earth, in which life in Jerusalem will be long, prosperous and no longer in service to occupying powers. There will be unprecedented peace, down to the wild animals who will lie together. The only one out of luck is the serpent, who has to eat dust. Poor guy. Isaiah 12 A prayer of praise and thanks to God, who is the people’s strength and salvation. God forgives, gets over … [Read more...]

The Faith Needed to Fail (Study for Sun, Nov 8, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading Haggai 1:15b-2:9 Haggai is trying to rally the Jewish faithful to restore the temple to its former glory. At the moment they are very discouraged by the fact that it is sitting in utter ruin from the previous siege. The prophet assures them that prosperity and honor will return to them as a people soon enough, and he reminds them that the state of the Temple is symbolic of their relationship with God. and Job 19:23-27a Job is … [Read more...]

Be Annoying for God (Heretic’s Guide for Sunday, Oct 20, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading Jeremiah 31:27-34 God is preparing to spiritually clean house with the people of Israel. Although they broke the covenant with God that had been made before their time in Egypt, God will infuse this new covenant within them, on their hearts, so they cannot forsake it. All former sins will be forgiven and there will be a new beginning. and Genesis 32:22-31 Jacob wrestles with a man in a place he names “Peniel,” after the … [Read more...]

You’d Better Recognize: Lectionary Texts for March 17, 2013

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) Gospel John 12:1-8 Mary anoints Jesus’ feet with expensive oil. First Reading Isaiah 43:16-21 I’m doing a new thing; don’t you recognize it? Psalm Psalm 126 God, change our circumstances for the better. Let those who plant with tears reap the harvest with joyful shouts. Second Reading Philippians 3:4b-14 Forget what’s behind; reach ahead. Lose everything you have for the sake of Christ. ∞ WTF? (Breaking down … [Read more...]