09/26/14 – Sarah’s Diary

Genesis 20:1-18 The 20th chapter of Genesis tells an odd tale. Abraham’s actions seem shameful. Are they justified, at all, by his fears? Does the king deserve the curse that befalls his household? And in the end, why is it that Abraham is so richly rewarded? Who’s right and who’s wrong in this story? Ironically,…

9/25/2014–An invitation to hospitality

Genesis 19:1-30 If one were to were to compile a list of the most problematic, morally repugnant, and difficult to read texts of the Bible, surely these passage would be near the top of the list. It’s so bad that we have a word in our vernacular borrowed from this passage. The word “sodomy” has…

Let me run this by you, Abraham…

09/25/14-Let me run this by you, Abraham… Genesis 18:16-19  The story of Abraham and Sarah makes terrific reading. It starts in Ch. 12 when the Lord says to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you…” and instead of saying  to the Lord, “Go sit…

09/22/14 – Welcome to Genesis 12-39: The Patriarchal Narratives!  

  Genesis 16:1-16   I find movie previews to be quite jarring. In a two minute preview, there can be over one hundred different camera shots, as the lens sifts from a brief dialogue to something blowing up to the bad guy smirking to a serene image of the good people walking barefoot on the…

9/21/14 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan

Branching Out Read Genesis 3:1-7. How did the serpent trick the couple? How did the couple allow themselves to be tricked? Read Genesis 3:8-14. What is God asking when he asks Adam where he is? How does the couple respond to the accusation of eating from the tree? Read Genesis 3:15-24 What are the consequences…

9/18/2014–Borrowed Words

Genesis 14:1-24 One of the greatest gifts of seminary was learning to read the Bible inter-connectedly. Just because Genesis comes before Exodus doesn’t mean Genesis was written after Exodus. It does not mean Genesis is ignorant of what happens later in the Bible, especially the Old Testament. In some cases Genesis may have been written…

09/15/14 – Why end the prologue like this?  

Genesis 11:1-32   In The Lord Of The Rings, Frodo asks the question, “I wonder what sort of story we’ve found ourselves in?” What a very good question to ask, and Genesis 1-11 seeks to answer that question for us. It is like a prelude to the Bible, it gives us a preview into who…

9/14/14 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan

Branching Out Read Genesis 2:4-25. Once the garden is all done, there is an invitation and a restriction. What is your picture of that garden? What do you think of the invitation? How about the restriction? Genesis 2:18 speaks a deep truth about humanity, it is not good for humans to be alone. What does…

9/12/14 – Stop Skimming

Genesis 10:1-32 Why We Need to Stop Skimming If you’re like me, chances are you read genealogy passages in the Bible with glazed-over eyes. These chapters, full of hard-to-pronounce names, seem more like filler – existing to bump up the word count until we can get to the real meat of the story. I skim…

9/11/2014–Stop Wasting Your Breath

Genesis 9:1-29 It’s not television. It’s HBO. Starting with The Sopranos, HBO has had an unparalleled 15-year un of creating popular but ultimately groundbreaking and critically acclaimed television shows. Just when one batch of shows are ending their run and the pundits are writing the network off a new show takes its place. HBO’s next…