10/30/2014–Reading with Suspicion

Genesis 39:1-23 One of the greatest gifts of modern critics of the Bible has been training a new generation of students to read the Bible with suspicion. By this it doesn’t mean reading the Bible with an aim of disbelief. I doesn’t mean reading the Bible with a purpose of discrediting its veracity. It doesn’t mean…

Some Nerve

10/29/2014-Some Nerve Genesis 38:1-30  What does a person have to do to get on the “begat” list? You know, the one at the start of Matthew; the one we tell our non-believing friends  “just skip that part;” the one that ends with the birth of  “Jesus, who is called Christ.” Well, if you’re a man,…

10/27/14 – Welcome to Genesis 37-50, the Story of Joseph  

  Genesis 37:1-28   There are a lot of ways to break up the book of Genesis into smaller chunks in order to better make sense of what’s going on. I’ve gone with a format that breaks it up into three main parts. From chapters 1-11 we had the prologue, from 12-36 we had the…

10/26/14 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan

Sermon Notes- Remnant Reboot- Abram Go The Covenant- 12:2-3 A Great Nation Blessing Great Name You will be a Blessing Abram Went Faith at Work Intergenerational Question How are you blessed? How can you share this blessing? Branching Out Read Genesis 12:1-3. What does God call Abram to do? How scary would that be? What…

10/24/14 – How the heck do you blog this?

Genesis 36:1-43 This is my umpteenth blog post for FPC. I really enjoy these! But my initial reaction to this one: what nefarious person in the FPC org is responsible for assigning Genesis 36 to me? I mean, come on: 43 verses of genealogy? But I’ve tried to write this post. Oh, how I have…

10/23/2014–Remember to remember

Genesis 35:1-29 Sometimes all the roads lead to the same place. No matter where you go or what you do, you end up back where you started. I’m not particularly nostalgic for my childhood. When I graduated high school, I left my home town and never went back. Outside of my first summer and first two…

Romeo and Juliet, Dinah and Shechem?

10/22/14-Romeo and Juliet, Dinah and Shechem? Genesis 34:1-31 World literature is full of star-crossed lovers. Tony and Maria, Katniss and Peeta, Anakin and Padme, and of course Romeo and Juliet. Young people falling in love regardless of what their families say. We always see Dinah’s story in reference to the ruthlessness of her brothers, but what if…

10/20/14 – Struggle Well Today  

Genesis 32:1-32   The scene where Jacob is wrestling with an unknown adversary during the night is a very strange one. While I have enjoyed spending a small bit of time researching who this figure is and what it means, the conclusion I’ve come to won’t be very helpful to you: Nobody really knows what…

10/19/14 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan

Sermon Notes- You are small little men, you have my pity         Genesis 11:1-9 Buzz lightyear is just a toy The context- Babylon The Call- fill the earth The desire- Let us make a name for ourselves lest we be scattered Chiasm- The Big X- A          Now the whole earth had one…

10/16/2014–We have to go back

Genesis 31:1-16 “We have to go back, Kate.” For three seasons the ABC drama Lost told the stories of survivors of the place crash of Oceanic flight 815. Through an interweaving of flashbacks and present day action, the show creators seemed to be telling the story of how those survivors–Jack, Kate, Hurley, Sawyer, Sayid, Sun, Jin, etc.–eventually…