07.13.20 – 07.19.20

Readings Genesis 28:10-19a  •   Isaiah 44:6-8  •  Romans 8:12-25  •  Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Context Genesis 28:10-19a ‘Jacob is characterized, using the fundamental feature of the Hebrew narrative (the way the Old Testament is written), using the practice of ‘Show but Don’t Tell.’  So, you see a character do something, or not do something, and behave in a certain way that tellsContinue reading “07.13.20 – 07.19.20”

06.28.20 – 07.05.20

Readings Psalm 145:8-15  •  Zechariah 9:9-12  •  Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67  •  Matthew 11:16-30  •  Romans 7:15-20 Context Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 Our Genesis passage takes place after the story of God’s call to sacrifice Isaac (in case you have forgotten it was a faith ‘infinite resignation’ moment for Abraham and a miraculous/dramatic rescue forContinue reading “06.28.20 – 07.05.20”

06.15.20 – 06.21.20

Readings Genesis 21:8-21  •  Jeremiah 20:7-13  •  Psalm 69:7-18  •  Romans 6:1b-11  •  Matthew 10:24-39 Context Matthew 10:24-39 First, let me proclaim that this is an odd and frustrating passage.  At first read (probably at second, third, and fourth read) this can seem like a very disjointed, and completely unconnected series of comments and statements.  Context is essential in reading, and comprehending, thisContinue reading “06.15.20 – 06.21.20”