Tag Archives: Context Matters

A Talking What? When Animals Go Crazy

WeirdScriptureStart by reading Numbers 22:22-35 and 2 Kings 2:23-25

Another title for this post would be, don’t shoot the messenger.  I say that because one of the things that becomes very apparent in this story is that it’s easy to take out our disapproval on who or what brings us the news that we don’t like.  That’s one of our problems.  We like the immediacy of exactly our displeasure on who it is that is giving us news/info that we don’t like.  We do that because we don’t like things that are different than us. and a lot of times we only realize the message when we are presented with folks who are different from us.  We like it when things come to us from the places that we expect. Continue reading A Talking What? When Animals Go Crazy


London Bridge is Falling Down: Overlooking the Strange

WeirdScriptureStart by reading Numbers 16:25-35; Joshua 6:6-21

Do you remember some of the games that you used to play when you were a kid? I remember one, it was London Bridge is Falling down. You remember how that goes don’t you?

But, I started thinking about it some more, and did you ever think about what it was that you were saying? There’s a lot of children’s Songs and children’s rhymes that we use, and remember, but have you stopped to think about what it was that you were saying?

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Jeremiah’s Unmentionables

WeirdScriptureStart by reading Jeremiah 13:1-11, 15-27

Actually, I would start by reading second of those scripture passages first.  It does some explaining of what’s going on in the first passage.  That being said, if it still doesn’t make sense, or you’re struck by a sense of weirdness, then you’re on the right track.

This is the first in a series of posts devoted to weird scripture passages.  I can’t take all the credit for this, but its a collaboration with my friend Andy.  One of the things that we noticed is that in the lectionary (it’s a three year cycle of scripture passages that covers most of the Bible) and in the ways that we preach, and read the Bible, that we skip over some things.  Continue reading Jeremiah’s Unmentionables