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  • Proper 12C (2019)

    by Bruce Puckett
  • Proper 12C (2019)

    by Blake Couey
  • Exegesis (Hosea 1:2-10)

    by Richard Donovan
  • Family Affair

    by Evan Garner
  • God Offers Hope

    by Kelley Land
    Yesterday, my husband and I saw a local community theatre production of the haunting musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Based on the animated Disney movie, it features the same songs and several new ones. The story line is similar but darker, pitting dogmatic, cruel piety against those who need God’s love and care the most. There is no truly happy ending where all is resolved and everyone is safe and sound. At the end, the characters sum up the story like this: “The world is cruel / The world is ugly / But there are times / And there are people / When the world is not / And at its cruelest / It’s still the only world we’ve got / Light and dark / Foul and fair.”...
  • Sermon Starters (Proper 12C)(2019)

    by Stan Mast
    The use of the marriage analogy to highlight the seriousness of idolatry might not work in some churches, because of the variety of marriages in our culture today. Think of the TV show, “Modern Family,” with its traditional marriages, second marriages, and same sex marriage. And proponents of open marriage or polygamous marriage might not get the shock of adultery. On the other hand, you might use the condition of modern marriage as a foil to talk about the marriage between Hosea and Gomer, and by extension between Yahweh and Israel.
  • Picturing the Relationship

    Art and Faith by Lynn Miller
    The story of Hosea and Gomer. Is it a romance? A cautionary tale? A tragedy? Is Gomer abused by Hosea (and God...see Hosea 2)? Is she an excellent stand-in for Israel as sinners? We know she is voiceless in the text. But so is Hosea. God is the one who speaks and directs in this text (Hosea 1:2-10). Artists have historically seemed to revel in the opportunity to paint Biblical texts that read as...salacious. Joseph and Potiphar's wife. Delilah's treachery and betrayal of Samson. David and Bathsheba. Is the point of these texts that they can be R-rated?...

Resources from 2013 to 2018

  • Proper 12C (2016)

    by Doug Bratt
    In his book, Peculiar Treasures, Frederick Beuchner has a typically delightful way of describing Hosea’s children’s names. He calls them “queer names like Not-pitied-for-God-will-no-longer-pity-Israel-now-that-it’s-gone-to-the-dogs so that every time the roll was called at school, Hosea would [score] a prophetic bull’s eye in absentia.”
  • Proper 12C (2016)

    by James Coston
  • What's in a Name?

    Video Starter with Nikki Hardeman
  • The Only God There Is

    by John Holbert
  • Pain and Hope Together

    by John Holbert
  • Children of the Living God

    by Jim McCrea
    Henri Nouwen tells the story of an old man who used to meditate and pray every morning under a big tree on the bank of the Ganges River in India. One morning, after he had finished his prayers, he saw a scorpion floating helplessly in the water. As the scorpion was washed closer to the shore, the old man reached out to rescue the drowning creature. As soon as he touched it, however, the scorpion stung him.
    The old man jerked his hand back quickly, but moments later he again reached out to save the scorpion. Again the scorpion stung, this time badly enough with it’s poisonous tail to cause the man’s hand to bleed, and his face to grimace in pain.
    At that moment, a passerby saw the old man struggling with the scorpion and shouted, “Hey, stupid old man, what’s wrong with you? Only a fool would risk his life for the sake of an ugly, evil creature. Don’t you know it’s the nature of a scorpion to sting? Don’t you know you could kill yourself trying to save that ungrateful scorpion?”
    Looking into the stranger’s eyes, the old man calmly replied, “Yes, I know, my friend. But just as it is the scorpion’s nature to sting, it is my nature to try and save.”
  • Proper 12C (2016)

    by Richard Nysse
  • Only She Can Tell Her Story

    by Katherine Parent

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  • Anguish in the Heart of God

    by Kathy Donley
    Perhaps one of the best known Holy Fools was Francis of Assisi, a saint known even to Protestants. Born into wealth and privilege, he pursued poverty, because Jesus was poor and because Jesus loved the poor. He stressed poverty so strongly in order to become closer to God. He took the greatest joy in destitution. G.K. Chesterton described Francis’ love for ordinary people when he wrote “What gave him his extraordinary personal power was this: that from the Pope to the beggar, from the sultan of Syria in his pavilion to the ragged robbers crawling out of the wood, there was never a one who looked into those brown burning eyes without being certain that Francis was really interested in him; in his own inner individual life from the cradle to the grave; that he himself was being valued and taken seriously, and not merely added to the spoils of some social policy or the names in some clerical document.”[4] Francis heard his call from God as he stood in an abandoned church, “Francis, go repair my house, which is falling into ruins. His passion became leading the church back to Christ. He was considered foolish by many, even many within the church, and yet his wisdom is remembered and repeated all over the world today...