09/08/14 –  Noah and other people like him

Genesis 6:1-22   Noah is a story that tells us a lot about who God is and what God is up to.   An ineffective way to learn about God through the story of Noah is to connect Noah to modern times. I’ve met several folks who have tried this, all with terrible results. A God…

9/7/14 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan

Branching Out Read Genesis 1:1-1:25. Describe what you think that dark, formless, and void would have felt like. Then what it felt like with most of creation on the scene. Read Genesis 1:26-31. What made creation now very good. What did this final creative act add. Read Genesis 2:1-3. If you didn’t know what happened…

9/4/2014–A New Kind of Prophet

Genesis 4:1-26 Last night our children had another one of their re-occurring fights. As we usually do in the evenings, we were on a leisurely walk around the neighborhood. As we usually do, we came to the point on the walk where we could go one of two ways. As this usually does, this led…

09/03/2014 – From Summer to The Fall

Genesis 3:1-24 Psalm 7-9 Our Kids are going back to School.  They are leaving the luxurious, sleep-in days of summer.  They will not play baseball and soccer all day, stay up late, and have water gun fights with the neighbors.  Gone are 4th of July parties, swimming, lounging, and weekday visits to friends’ houses.  We…

09/01/14 – Welcome to Genesis 1-11!

Genesis 1:1-31   You are free to ask me for technological help or advice whenever you’d like.  Now, you should know, I don’t care much about technology, so I’m not going to be very helpful.  I don’t know much about computers and smart phones and the internet and how they all work.  You can ask…

8/31/14 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan

Job, an answer to The Theodicy Question Job 1:1-2:10 The Theodicy Question- Bubble Gum Theology/ we rep what we sow Put in a quarter- get a gumball No Gumball? You didn’t put in your quarter 1st Cycle of Dialogue- God and Satan Where we meet Job That man was blameless and upright, one who feared…

Wait, is this good news?

08/27/14-Wait, is this good news? Zephaniah 1:1-18  We were off-line for about a week while my daughter was moving into her new house, until we could get the cable guy to come. After he left we opened up her laptop to see whether anything had happened while we were out of touch. Lo and behold,…

8/26/14 – It’s Like the End of Frozen

Micah 7:1-20 My sister told me she read a Q&A session involving an ex Westboro Baptist Church member, and he said that the reason WBC members are the way they are is because they are terrified.  They’re so scared that the entire world—and possibly themselves included—is going to Hell. When you look at it that way,…

08/25/14 – The Old Testament Ethics Summary

Micah 6:1-16   I am scared and intimidated in writing this blog.  This one is just way beyond me, because Micah 6:8 is, in many respects, a summary of Old Testament ethics.  Writing a blog on the summary of OT ethics is way above my pay grade, and it’s a powerful reminder that I’ve been…