Monthly Archives: July 2017

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

[ A sermon on Amos 7:10-17, delivered at a small church in southern Indiana …} This episode in the life of Amos is a lesson in heroism. Not the kind of heroism that runs into burning buildings and pulls people … Continue reading

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Questions for Reflection and Discussion (Amos 7 10-17)

Questions we might use for reflecting on and discussing Amos 7:10-17 (the Uniform Series text) on Sunday, July 30: Amaziah charges Amos with conspiracy, and tells him to leave Bethel and stop his prophesying against Israel. Are there circumstances in … Continue reading

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Philosophy as Mosquito Net

I ran across a long-lost philosophy the other day. “How can I keep from hating people?” asked a friend of mine. She was talking about people who have lots of power and who use it to hurt people. On purpose. … Continue reading

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Christian Doctrine (13)

Summary notes [and comments] on Chapter 13 of Christian Doctrine1, “Is God Against Us? The Doctrine of the Atonement”: Guthrie begins with a vivid image: a revivalist preacher telling the story of a sinful human being, represented by a dirty … Continue reading

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Exegetical Exercise (Amos 7 10-17)

The Uniform Series text for Sunday, July 30 is Amos 7:10-17. Here’s the text (Inclusive Bible version), followed by my exegetical notes: 10Amaziah the priest of Bethel then sent the following message to Jeroboam ruler of Israel: “Amos is plotting … Continue reading

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

[A sermon on the Uniform Series text, Ezekiel 3:1-11, delivered at a small church in southern Indiana.] There is a famous story from ancient Greece – actually, supposedly from about the 4th century – about Alexander the Great and the … Continue reading

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