January 8, 2014

Genesis 20-22; Matthew 6:19-34 In Gen. 20, King Abimelech makes the same mistake that the Pharaoh earlier did – but he acted honorably.  God protects Abraham even when he acts poorly.  Isaac is finally born in Gen. 21, and Hagar and Ishmael are sent off into the...

January 7, 2014

Genesis 18-19; Matthew 6:1-18 God has a sense of humor.  After Sarah laughed to herself when she heard God (she probably did not know it was God) say that she will have a son (18:12), when the son is eventually born, he’ll be named Isaac, which means ‘he laughs’ or...

January 6. 2014

Happy Epiphany!  Today is the day of Epiphany – you can listen to my sermon for Epiphany Eve here: http://www.buzzsprout.com/13231/140859-epiphany-2014   Genesis 16-17; Matthew 5:27-48 In Genesis 16, Abram and Sarai get impatient with God’s promise, and...

January 5. 2014

Genesis 13-15; Matthew 5:1-26 In chapter 13, God promises Abram all the land of Canaan (which will one day be Israel).   Abram shows himself to be a capable military leader in chapter 14, and then he receives bread and wine (anyone think of the Lord’s Supper?)...

January 4, 2014

I am blogging through the Bible in 2014 – see the reading plan here: Read through the Bible in a year – print out the pdf or bookmark this page for links to the NRSV passages for each day.   Genesis 10-12; Matthew 4 I love Genesis – especially the...

January 3, 2014

Genesis 7-9; Matthew 3 We are continuing our journey through the primordial, pre-history of Genesis 1-11.  During the flood, God does not forget Noah and the ark.  After the flood, God decides not to ever ‘curse the ground because of humankind’ again.  God realizes...