Monthly Archives: August 2011

Thank God for Women

Thank God for women.  Pharaoh had it all wrong.  If he really wanted to thwart the Hebrew’s expanding population he should have killed the baby girls.  And not because women have babies, but rather because the women of Exodus 1-2 … Continue reading

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Weekly Lectionary Commentary Proper 16A / Ordinary 21A

Exodus 1:8-2:10 When a pharaoh came to power who did not know Joseph the psychology of fear and the pride of Egyptian nationalism took over.  Pharaoh saw the Hebrews living in the land and that they were multiplying.  He stood … Continue reading

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The Non-text

I pulled all my hair out this week in my office when reading the Hebrew Bible lection.  Of all the silly things that the lectionary does, this one was the silliest.  That revered committee of scholars, they called themselves the … Continue reading

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Thursdays With George

Mitch Albom had Tuesdays with Morrie, I had Thursdays with George.  Every visit was the same, we began our time upstairs, he on a kitchen chair, me on the couch.  We talked politics, religion, literature, he asked about things going … Continue reading

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Weekly Lectionary Commentary Proper 15A / Ordinary 20 A

Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 Isaiah dares to say risky things.  To be more specific, in light of current biblical studies, “3rd” Isaiah dares to say risky things.  3rd Isaiah is that part of Isaiah that is generally thought to have been … Continue reading

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The Big Middle

When the wind passed it was shocking.  When the earthquake passed it was deflating.  But when the fire passed—that’s when it was all together dreadful.  God speaks from the fire.  If Elijah knew anything, it was that God speaks from … Continue reading

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Weekly Lectionary Commentary Proper 14A / Ordinary 19 A

I Kings 19:9-18 Elijah is a tired, scared, and dejected prophet.  His mountain top experience at Carmel, and his slaughter of the prophets of Ba’al is over.  The drought on the land brought on by an angry God has lifted.  … Continue reading

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