Archive for the ‘Theology’ Category

  • E100-43: Psalm 103:1 – 103:22: God is faithful and loving

    Jun 16, 10 • Covenant, E100, PsalmsComments Off on E100-43: Psalm 103:1 – 103:22: God is faithful and loving
    E100-43: Psalm 103:1 – 103:22: God is faithful and loving

    There are some technical details to explain: what a “hymn” is (not a long old-fashioned worship song), what it means to “bless God” and the meaning of hesed. But mainly this podcast aims to encourage you to  hear the celebration of the creator God who is gracious, even to those who do not deserve it, [&hellip...

  • E100-30: Ruth 1:1 – 4:22: At last a nice story!

    May 28, 10 • E100, Ruth, Theology1 Comment
    E100-30: Ruth 1:1 – 4:22: At last a nice story!

    Well, Judges was thoroughly censored for E100, as it is for most church use, the bits we got were the rare good bits, cf. my Twisted tales: or should the book of Judges be censored? (which got me into trouble with a fundamentalist who could not be bothered to actually listen to what I was [&hellip...

  • E100-22: Exodus 32:1 – 34:35: The Golden Calf

    May 18, 10 • E100, Exodus, Genocide2 Comments
    E100-22: Exodus 32:1 – 34:35: The Golden Calf

    This passage was probably chosen because it contains two famous “Bible stories”, the Golden Calf (in which a priest does what the people want, and becomes so successful that drunkenness, idolatry and other stupidity reigns) and the time Moses got to see God’s backside. But more troublingly it is another passage where God commands and [&hellip...

  • E100-19: Exodus 12: A great festival, but a huge theological problem

    May 13, 10 • E100, Exodus, Genocide1 Comment
    E100-19: Exodus 12: A great festival, but a huge theological problem

    I’m torn two ways on how to respond to this reading: on one side, a great opportunity to explain Passover, the great festival that celebrates God as liberator, saviour and enimy of powerful oppressors on the other, when I read (the Bible or the News…) I tend to sympathise with those who suffer, and while [&hellip...

  • E100-11: Genesis 37: Providence

    May 3, 10 • E100, Genesis, Narrative, Reading, TheologyComments Off on E100-11: Genesis 37: Providence
    E100-11: Genesis 37: Providence

    This is another story of a dysfunctional family, Kuniholm in the E100 notes picks up on some of the causes of this mess, and we can certainly learn some things to avoid from Jacob’s family life. But let’s notice what came between the dreams (37:1-11) and the nightmare (37:18-36). In Gen 37:12-17 we have a [&hellip...

  • E100-9: Genesis 27-28: Dysfunctional but chosen

    Apr 29, 10 • E100, Genesis, Grace, SinComments Off on E100-9: Genesis 27-28: Dysfunctional but chosen
    E100-9: Genesis 27-28: Dysfunctional but chosen

    Don’t look for happy families in the tales of the ancestors, matriarchs and patriarchs, of God’s chosen people.  Genesis 27-28 carry the story into the next two generations but present a thoroughly dysfunctional family. Yet Genesis 28 tells also of one of the most dramatic revelations of God and renewal of God’s promises to this [&hellip...

  • E100-6: Genesis 12: How odd of God!

    Apr 26, 10 • E100, Faith, Genesis, SinComments Off on E100-6: Genesis 12: How odd of God!
    E100-6: Genesis 12: How odd of God!

    Genesis 12 marks the beginning of the real story of the Bible. Chapters 1-11 are a prologue both to Genesis and to the Bible as a whole. They introduced us to “characters” (not least God – singular and with a capital G) and to the central issue that the Bible addresses. In chapter 12 we [&hellip...

  • E100 week 2: Genesis 12-36: Patriarchs, Matriarchs and Faith

    Apr 25, 10 • E100, Faith, Genesis, SinComments Off on E100 week 2: Genesis 12-36: Patriarchs, Matriarchs and Faith
    E100 week 2: Genesis 12-36: Patriarchs, Matriarchs and Faith

    The first week’s readings covered the prologue to Genesis, the second week covers the Ancestors of Faith, the Matriarchs and Patriarchs of Israel. Here we begin to see the first outlines of God’s plan to restore a world warped and twisted by human sin. We also begin to discover what it means to be “people [&hellip...

  • E100-4: Genesis 8:1-9:17 Sin and grace after the flood

    Apr 22, 10 • E100, Genesis, Grace, SinComments Off on E100-4: Genesis 8:1-9:17 Sin and grace after the flood
    E100-4: Genesis 8:1-9:17 Sin and grace after the flood

    If this was a merely human story you’d expect God’s bold attempt at drastic punishment to have an equally bold result. Either humanity reformed, or the rebellion gets deeper 😉 But of course neither is possible. humanity is unreformable, just try making a few worthwhile New Year’s resolutions to prove that 😉 nor is rebellion [&hellip...

  • E100-3: Genesis 6:5-7:24: Sin and Righteousness

    Apr 21, 10 • E100, Genesis, Righteousness, SinComments Off on E100-3: Genesis 6:5-7:24: Sin and Righteousness
    E100-3: Genesis 6:5-7:24: Sin and Righteousness

    I think I’ve avoided really looking at this passage, and I notice that my teaching has focused too much on the signs of two source texts being edited together, and noticed too little how the story works, because like the genocide texts it offends my sense of right. The story looks different when one hears [&hellip...