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...]

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...]

It’s Not Fair! (Video Overview for May 5, 2013)

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Is fairness the same as justice? Is there more than one kind of justice? Can God be just without being fair? Does this youtube make me look fat? Those questions and more in this week's Heretic's Guide to the Bible. … [Read more...]

THOSE People (Video Overview for Apr 28, 2013 Texts)

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If we're being honest, we all have "those people" in our lives. And chances are, you're "those people" to somebody else. But from what I can tell, God has some pretty great news for those people...hey, that's us! … [Read more...]