Archive for September 2015

Genesis 32: 22-30 — Jacob Wrestles with God

September 30, 2015 @ 4:40 pm

I love this passage.  I really should preach four or five times on this come next summer.  But if Sara/Abraham are us, Jacob is really us.  A trickster who fools himself for a while but then his ways meet someone better at it than he is ... and God calls Jacob back to face his brother.  We all wrestle with God and I would hope and pray are marked by that struggle, but then I love this passage.  

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Genesis 18 and 21 — “All things are possible: Laughing in Despair and Joy”

September 23, 2015 @ 8:13 pm
This is the 9:00 Service at Hilltop and in my vanity, I had believed the 10:30 was "better" but I didn't record it.  Ugh.  This one is a smidgen longer and different:  not a lot, but some.  I for example used the Monsters, Inc at 9 and not at 10:30.  Oh well. 
But what I really play with is the idea of do we really believe all things are possible with God?  Brueggemann says if we say "no" then we are saying there is no God, but if we say "yes" then the implications of that are incredible.  I have been saying during worship "Bonhoeffer" a lot for the last three years -- I think it is time for "Brueggemann" to be uttered.  
These are better in my opinion, when I go into the sanctuary on Saturday and deliver them to an empty room.   

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Genesis 1 — “In the Beginning” (September 13, 2015)

September 23, 2015 @ 7:45 pm
This is from Genesis 1 and 2.  My initial foray into the "Narrative Lectionary."  I type this at the two week mark, and so far, I find it to be an excellent way of "teaching" the bible during worship.  
This week the 10:30 service was when I remembered to record myself.  On September 20th, it would be at the 9:00 service.  I hate it when I do that.  But ... 

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