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

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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)

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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...]

Stay Green, Christians (Study for September 8, 2013)

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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...]

I’m Awesomely Humble (Lectionary Study for Sunday, September 1, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading Jeremiah 2:4-13 The prophet shares God’s mournful disappointment that the people of Israel have turned from God, even after being delivered from the desert into a land of plenty. Their transgressions are twofold: forsaking God and trying to create new false gods for themselves. and Proverbs 25:6-7 A wise call to humility, the author of the proverb warns that it’s better to place yourself in a lower social standing and be … [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...]

Which Way Did He Go, George? ( Lectionary study for Sunday, June 23, 2013)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading 1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a Elijah gets in trouble with the King Ahab and Jezebel for killing their prophets. He hides in the woods and waits to die but an angel gives him food. He retreats to mount Horeb for 40 days. God appears to Elijah and tells him to retreat to the wilderness in Damascus. (and) Isaiah 65:1-9 The prophet Isaiah is condemning those who do not observe Jewish law and do not worship the God of Abraham. He … [Read more...]

God is a Sock (Lectionary Study for Sunday, June 9th)

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Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!) First Reading 1 Kings 17:8-16, (17-24) A widow and her son living in Sidon are starving to death as the result of the famine. Elijah assures her that her food source will not run out. He also resurrects her son after he gets sick and dies. Because of this, she believes he is a man of God. Gospel Luke 7:11-17 Jesus arrives in the town of Nain with his disciples and a big following. A widow is taking her only son to be buried, when Jesus brings … [Read more...]