09.14.20 – 09.20.20

Readings Psalm 145:1-8 • Exodus 16:2-15 • Jonah 3:10-4:11 • Matthew 20:1-16 • Philippians 1:21-30 Context Psalm 145:1-8 This Psalm can best be summed up in verse 8, a proclamation of who God is that echoes the understanding that Jonah has about God, and therefore, his grievance against God. It is our best baseline ofContinue reading “09.14.20 – 09.20.20”

09.07.20 – 09.13.20

Genesis 50:15-21 The context needed going into our passage for this week is fairly simple (although, those who lived it out would see not way to call it simple, instead, words like painful, complicated, dysfunctional, excruciating would be chosen). Since we are able to look back at the story, in a very non emotional mannerContinue reading “09.07.20 – 09.13.20”

08.24.20 – 08.30.20

Readings Exodus 3:1-15 • Jeremiah 15:15-21 • Psalm 26:1-8 • Matthew 16:21-28 • Romans 12:9-21 Context Exodus 3:1-15 The events of the life of Moses between the heroic acts of the five women who risked their own lives to safe the life of the 3 month hold Moses, and the time of this week’s passage are theContinue reading “08.24.20 – 08.30.20”

08.10.20 – 08.16.20

Readings  Genesis 45:1-15 • Psalm 67 • Isaiah 56:1-8 • Matthew 15:10-28 • Romans 11:1-20a, 29-32 Context Genesis 45:1-15 The story of Joesph is an amazing story, and, sadly,  this time around, we have not had the time it takes to get a full appreciation for this interesting character.  You probably feel like you alreadyContinue reading “08.10.20 – 08.16.20”

07.20.20 – 07.26.20

Readings Psalm 119:129-136 • Genesis 29:15-29 • I Kings 3:5-12 • Romans 8:26-39 • Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Context Psalm 119:129-136 Psalm 119 focuses largely on God’s Law – the Torah.  While we, post Resurrection followers of Jesus Christ, often look at the Law as a thing of the past, a tool of legalism, an oppressiveContinue reading “07.20.20 – 07.26.20”

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”

06.22.20 – 06.28.20

Readings Psalm 13  •  Genesis 22:1-14  •  Jeremiah 28:5-9  •  Romans 6:12-23  •  Matthew 10:40-42 Context Psalm 13 Psalm 13 is most likely words from King David to ‘the Song Leader’.  Some think  this ‘Song Leader’ is a direct reference to God, most, however, think he is directing his actual ‘Song Leader’ to write, or sing, a song with these words.  These wordsContinue reading “06.22.20 – 06.28.20”

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”

06.08.20 – 06.14.20

Readings Psalm 100 • Exodus 19:2-8 • Matthew 9:35-10:25 • Romans 5:1-8 Context Psalm 100 Psalm 100 is a familiar text regardless of the type of Christian faith tradition you may come from.  All practices of the Christian faith, as seen throughout different denominations, various worship practices, and even in churches that carry labels (self assigned or givenContinue reading “06.08.20 – 06.14.20”

06.01.20 – 06.07.20

Readings Psalm 8 • Micah 6:6-16 • John 8:1-11 • Acts 4:32-5:16 Context Psalm 8 In the early 1980s a young musician/writer named Michael Smith wrote the song ‘How Majestic Is Your Name’ which was recorded, and made famous, by singer Sandi Patty.  This very simple song, which has become a classic that is still used in contemporary and traditional worshipContinue reading “06.01.20 – 06.07.20”