I Don’t Know What to Say

The high liturgical seasons are behind us and now we enter “ordinary time.”  No fancy name, like “Eastertide;” it is just called “the Season after Pentecost.”  I like ordinary time, though.  We get to spread out a bit, immerse ourselves in the stories of Jesus’ ministry, this year from the Gospel of Mark.  Maybe pick up some of Paul’s writings, …

How to Read the Bible: The Allegorical (Program and Sermon)

Program Sermon Outline (roughly followed) I.        Back up a.       Scripture as revelation 1.      How does God intervene in writing Scripture? 2.      How does God intervene in the world? b.      Review series 1.      Literal a)      Plain reading b)      Modern rationalist, truth-seeking tendencies 2.      Allegorical 3.      Moral 4.      Anagogical II.     What is allegory? a.       Lisa is a fox b.      Bernie Madoff is …

How to Read the Bible: The Allegorical

If you spend enough time on Internet message boards, you will see a lot of bad analogies.  In the course of a discussion (pronounced “argument”) someone will try to make a point by referencing something that is presumably a point of common interest and common understanding between the two dialog partners (pronounced “combatants”), say, football.  One might compare a political …

How to Read the Bible: The Literal (Program and Sermon)

Program Sermon Outline I.        Classical a.       Descriptive b.      Just the facts “Usually, even a non-Christian knows something about the earth, the heavens, and the other elements of this world, about the motion and orbit of the stars and even their size and relative positions, about the predictable eclipses of the sun and moon, the cycles of the years and the …

How to Read the Bible: The Literal

When I was in 8th grade, I was placed in the advanced reading class, as I had been since the 2nd grade.  Yes, this is a brag.  But wait.  It’s all downhill from here.  One day we were learning vocabulary and the teacher asked for someone to give the definition of “literally.”  Since my mom used that word literally all …

How to Read the Bible: Introduction (Program and Sermon)

Program Sermon Outline (loosely followed) I.                               Questions a.       How do you view the Bible? b.      How do you use Bible? c.       Do know the Bible? d.      Do you want to know the Bible? II.                            Classical understanding a.       Literal b.      Allegorical c.       Moral d.      Anagogical III.                         Post-modern twist IV.                          Why read it?  Why does it matter? a.       Cultural defense 1.      Literary …

How to Read the Bible: Introduction

Growing up in a Southern Baptist church, the Bible was at the center of most of what we did.  We were Protestants, which meant that we believed in the power of the Bible alone to guide our lives.  And, because we were Baptists, we might yell at you if you disagreed.  Looking back, I often think we worshipped the Bible …

Be Not Afraid

But Yahweh doesn’t stop there. He also speaks to the objection in Jeremiah’s heart, the one too tender to name. Yahweh, firmly and lovingly tells him “Do not be afraid, I am with you.”

What is the relationship between fear and responding to God’s call? I think the two may be more intertwined than we realize.

Resistance Reading as an Act of Faith

 Resistance Reading How do we make meaning out of scripture?  How do we listen for a Word of Wisdom in this ancient library of manuscripts we call the Bible? This week we transition from the book of James into a three week series drawing from the gospel of Mark and dive headfirst into a challenging passage served up by the revised common lectionary.   …