Archive for the “Reading the Bible” category

A Sermon on Joseph (Part Two: The Story)

by Glenn on July 18, 2015

For me, sermons should awaken faith and help people see Jesus. How do you do that? From my perspective,

Dr. Ray Lubeck on Christ in the Hebrew Scriptures

by Glenn on March 9, 2015

I’ve been having experiences at a rate quicker than my ability to process them. It’s exciting to feel like your life is full, but I feel frantic when I’m not able to take some time and think about what I (…)

Read the rest of this entry »

Job Pt 6 (Job 32–37)

by Glenn on November 30, 2014

One of the curious aspects of Job is how little actually happens in the book. Let’s qualify that. There is action, described sparingly, in which a lot happens. There is dialogue, which goes on and on, where sometimes little seems (…)

Read the rest of this entry »

Job Pt 5 (Job 26–31)

by Glenn on November 17, 2014

In great works of literature, almost always more is going on than one initially realizes, and this is especially true of the Bible, to which readers are likely to come with a baggage of preconceptions and habits of automated or (…)

Read the rest of this entry »

David and Goliath

by Glenn on November 9, 2014

Some time ago I listened to a Ted Talk featuring Malcolm Gladwell telling the Biblical story of David and Goliath. I thought it was terrific. This afternoon and evening I tested my recollection with a bit of Malcom Gladwell binge-watching (…)

Read the rest of this entry »

The Messiah in Micah

by Glenn on October 15, 2014

Recently finished the book of Micah and am learning the truth that the older I get, the less I know. As I read this minor prophet, I found myself both inspired and demoralized. The prophet Micah wrote, “But you, Bethlehem (…)

Read the rest of this entry »

Job Pt 4 (Chapters 15-25)

by Glenn on October 8, 2014

I The focus of the preaching at Imago Dei Community this year has been telling “The Story,” God’s story as it is revealed through the Bible. We began with Genesis way back in the second Sunday of January and recently (…)

Read the rest of this entry »

Metaphor-Rich Bible Readings

by Glenn on September 29, 2014

The Bible readings for today (Book of Common Prayer) seemed exceptionally rich in metaphorical writing. Yesterday I watched a TED Talk by James Geary entitled, “Metaphorically Speaking.” It wasn’t the most inspiring of talks, but what the speaker lacked in (…)

Read the rest of this entry »

Job Pt 3 (Chapters 4–14)

by Glenn on September 14, 2014

The reading of Job continues, in which Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite respond in this first round to Job’s lament with words meant to … well, I’m not sure yet what the words are meant (…)

Read the rest of this entry »

Job Pt 2 (Chapter 3)

by Glenn on September 8, 2014

We like to say, “Everything happens for a reason.” That’s not “the Royal We,” by the way—that’s the expression many Americans use to explain difficult circumstances without an apparent cause. We struggle to make sense of our situation and so (…)

Read the rest of this entry »

Job Pt 1 (Chapters 1–2)

by Glenn on August 23, 2014

The Old Testament lectionary reading has taken me to the book of Job. It’s been a while since I’ve read it through. I’m only two chapters in, but what an odd, difficult-to-process book. We meet Job the man in the (…)

Read the rest of this entry »

Psalm 30:7–8

by Glenn on August 20, 2014

Today’s reading included Psalm 130. Verses 7–8 say, “O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.” It was (…)

Read the rest of this entry »