8/21/2014–Tough Justice

Micah 3:1-12 Biblically speaking justice is more than simply conforming to legal norms. Justice that simply conforms to legal norms casually suggests that there is an arbitrary code that exists outside of time and space and superscedes all else. That is to say–this type of justice either cares little for context or has attempted to account…

Counting Sheep

Micah 2:1-13 “The Lord took away our land and gave it to other people. Yes, he took my land away from me. He has divided our fields among our enemies.” Wrongful entitlement is like chemical pesticides. You know, the kind you beautiful people of Bellingham have taught me about this summer. It destroys your humility,…

08/18/14 – Welcome to Micah!

Micah 1:1-16   Micah is another one of the twelve books knows as “Those Little Books With Weird Names Which Nobody Ever Reads.” He was a prophet during the long slow decline after Solomon but before the fall of Jerusalem and the exile, after Amos and Hosea and right about the time Isaiah begins. The…

8/17/14 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan

Sermon Notes- Nehemiah and the Wall Nehemiah 2:17-3:5 People of the Land, Exiles, and Nomads Begins with a burden Waits on God’s Timing They committed themselves to the common good They each did their part Bike Tire vs. Wagon Wheel Churches Branching Out Read Nehemiah 2:1-10. What begins Nehemiah’s conversation with the King. How can…

8/12/14 – ‘Bout that Time, Eh Chaps?

Habakkuk 2:1-20 Patience is a funny thing.  I really need it from my friends, especially as I go through all of these transitions, yet I’m not always as willing to give it to others.  I sometimes use it as an excuse, turning what should be a virtue into a weapon.  I guess I’m still trying…

8/05/13 – We Need to Talk About *Haman

(It’s late. So sorry. Just wanted to give you all a chance to review, ya know. That and life.)   Esther 7:1-10 In high school, one of my English teachers made the class give a presentation on whether human beings at their roots were good or evil (in-between answers were not an option).  Then she…

08/11/14 – Welcome to Habakkuk!

Habakkuk 1:1-17 NOTE:  Sorry I missed two weeks.  My computer died, I went out of town, I couldn’t figure out how to log in, blah blah blah.  I’ve signed up for computer classes.  Anyhow, sorry to have disappeared for two weeks, and I’m back. Habakkuk is book within the section of the Bible known as…

8/10/14 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan

July Memory Verse 2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 Rooted Reading Plan DAY            …

8/8/2014 – Celebration without Worship

Esther 9:16-10:3 Celebrate Good Times… Come On! First off, I could not let this post go by without linking to good ol’ Kool and the Gang’s “Celebrate Good Times.” You are very welcome. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I should tell you: I love a good party. One of my favorite…

8/7/2014–Beyond Sunday School

Esther 9:1-15 What are we to make of this ending? It seems … bleak. The Sunday School reading of Esther highlights good and brave Esther and Mordecai standing up to evil Haran and thus saving the Jews in the process. The Sunday School reading also tends to overlook the Jews slaughter of those who sought…