Tag Archives: Paul

Angry Bibles – Crumbling Walls

Angry-Birds-2Start by reading Ephesians 4:17-32

So we’re on the second post of our discussion of anger. Last time we started off by talking about how God gets angry. That’s okay. It happens. that’s okay. God does in fact does get angry. Is, because we are created in God’s image. we’re going to get angry too. That’s okay. it is a part of who we are. Its not wrong, it’s not a sin. It’s not something to be concealed, or put down, or push away, or kept out of sight out of mind. It is a part of who we are. Now that being said, anger, like anything else, can be bad. It can be used badly it could be purposeless it can be dangerous it could be damaging. It can be hurtful, it could be all those things that we fear the most about it, if we’re not careful. Continue reading Angry Bibles – Crumbling Walls

Les Mis 3: Valjean – Who am I?

Start by reading Romans 8:1-6, 10:5-13

So we’re getting into the last Sunday of Les Mis. And we’re getting at one of the most important parts of this story. This is the part of the story where Jean Valjean really comes into his own, and he really gets it. This is the point where he risks everything because it is the right thing to do.

Before this, he’s been hiding for a long time.  He had started the journey towards new life with the Bishop, but he wasn’t there yet.  There were still things that were holding him back.  These are things that we all have, hopefully not to the degree that Valjean has, but we still have to deal with them.  In this clip we see Valjean struggle, but he finally deals with things. Continue reading Les Mis 3: Valjean – Who am I?

Les Mis 2: Javert and the Law

Start by reading Romans 7:1-6 and 7:13-26

In this session we’re taking a look at Javert.  We’re continuing in this larger theme of the law and faith that we find running throughout the story of Les Miserables and how that same theme plays out in the book of Romans. One of the things that I love about this story is that he helps us wade through Paul’s dense writing.  I’ll be one of the first to admit that he can be a challenge to read.  A lot of that is because he is trying to explain a very complex, but also personal topic for him.  There are lots of us that are like that.  Our ability to explain things decreases when they get to be more personal because all of the emotions that surround us get in the way.  So, Victor Hugo does a great job of explaining that through his story.

We start off by remembering who it is that we’re talking about in Javert.  He is a lawman.  Not only is he a lawman, but he is someone who holds a very high view of the law.  The law has become his God.  Everything that he does is based on what the law says.  And that makes sense for Javert because of where he came from. The law was what provided the structure he needed in his life. Continue reading Les Mis 2: Javert and the Law

Taking Down the Veil

Start by reading Exodus 34:29-35  and Luke 9:28-36

This morning I’m preparing for the onslaught.  You might be wondering what that onslaught is.  Its just that Lent is coming.  Lent is quickly becoming the next of the major holy days/seasons to become completely secularized.

Now before you think I’m going to complain about that, I’m really not.  And I’m not because we’ve largely done it to ourselves.  Its not that anyone has intentionally set out to change Lent and Easter into a secular holiday. We’ve done that by treating Lent as a time to “give something up” while losing the meaning behind why we do it.  We’ve done that by making a big deal out of eating fish on Fridays, to the point that McDonald’s is now serving fishbites, all in time for Lent.  And worst of all, we’ve done it by treating Easter as only a story to be told, and that’s all we need. Continue reading Taking Down the Veil

Questions on Tithing and Our Response

Start by reading Matthew 25:31-46

One of the questions that comes up a lot is about tithing. There’s many times when folks ask questions about tithing and what it might mean for us.

We’re told in the Old Testament that we’re supposed to tithe 10%, and that number pops up all over the Old Testament.

Genesis 14:19-20, 28:22; Leviticus 27:30; Numbers 18:21, 24, 26; Deuteronomy 14:24, 28; 2 Chronicles 31:5-6, 12; Nehemiah 13:12; Malachi 3:8, 10;

Now, there’s something to keep in mind about what we read about in the Old Testament. We do it a grave injustice when we only use it as a rulebook for what we do. Yes, the Old Testament is full of rules to be followed, especially the first five books, but we have to get past that.  If you want to read some more about Tithing, you can find a good article here. Continue reading Questions on Tithing and Our Response