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June 13, 2021 – Ho Hum, Nahum – The 3rd Sunday After Pentecost

Nahum 2:1-13 Nahum is a prophet who only appears in his own book. He prophecies destruction against Nineveh and Assyria, in a marked contrast to the book of Jonah. We certainly hear the tone of Jonah the prophet in the words of Nahum. This book fits the context of Jonah, and Habakkuk. Here Nahum describes an attack on Nineveh, or perhaps how…

June 6, 2021 – If, Then – The 2nd Sunday After Pentecost

I Kings 9:1-9 Covenant is a key part of the story of God and humanity. There are times when the covenant is unconditional – God will do this thing regardless of what we do; and times when the covenant is conditional – if the people are faithful then God will do this thing. This passage focuses on a conversation between God and…

May 30, 2021 – Ranting, Raving, Filled with Fury -Trinity Sunday

Psalm 2 The challenging verses at the end of the Psalm can only be read in context of the whole Psalm. The Psalm is a contrast between the rule of God and God’s chosen ruler, and the earthly rulers.  God’s anger and mockery are explicitly named here, in a way that perhaps we don’t think of as normal. God demands a deference…

May 23, 2021 – Obvious – Pentecost Sunday

Acts 2:1-4;  Galatians 4:1-7 [5:16-26]                                                                               Paul writes that the works of the flesh are obvious. And while the duality of flesh versus spirit is a problem, let’s go explore the obviousness. For Paul doesn’t call the works of the Spirit obvious.  Our behavior illustrates that it isn’t obvious, or that we don’t care. There is a strong contrast with the fruits…

May 16, 2021 – Law and Faith – The Seventh Sunday of Easter

Galatians 3:1-9, 23-29            The end of this passage is the familiar part. The start is a bit more aggressive, a bit more John the Baptist, a bit louder than the tone we normally read the familiar part in. Paul does a bit of work here, addressing the people of faith in Galatia and in Marion.            This duality between faith and…

May 9, 2021 – Integrity in Identity – The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Galatians 1:13-17; 2:11-21                          Paul is here calling the other disciples on the carpet. It’s an odd passage to read a week after the Jerusalem conference, when we just heard about the church opening to Gentiles. It is important that we read the letter carefully, and in the context, remembering the conversation from Acts 15 last week.            What Paul actually seems…

May 2, 2021 – Closed or Open? – The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acts 15:1-18                                           The Jerusalem conference is an important moment in the life of the Church. It is a defining moment. Do people have to join the church through Judaism, or is there another way? Is salvation through the circumcision of Moses alone or is there another way?            Fundamentally, the church and its leaders have to make a decision here.…

April 18, 2021 – Again – The Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 6:1—7:2a, 44-60                       And it should look and sound familiar. When there’s lots of change, there’s lots of issues. There are problems between Jews and Greeks, and a perception of unfairness. There is calling of new leaders, and friction between Jews and Christians.  Stephen reprises the role of Jesus, as all Christians are called to do.            The world needs this…