Sermons from November 2020

Sermons from November 2020

Thinking Biblically: Reading the Bible as a Whole

Today we come to the end of a journey.  For the past several weeks we have been thinking about how to interpret scripture, taking time to look at the various genres of books found in this sacred anthology, inspired by God, an in which we meet the living God.  We have explored how to interpret prophecy and wisdom literature, biographies, and parables.  Yet, there is still one more skill that we have not touched on.  It is perhaps the most…

Thinking Biblically: Introducing Prophecy

Primary Text: Zephaniah 3:14-20 All scripture references in this sermon are from the NRSV, unless otherwise noted. 14 Sing aloud, O daughter Zion;     shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart,     O daughter Jerusalem! 15 The Lord has taken away the judgments against you,     he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;     you shall fear disaster no more. 16 On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, O Zion;…

Thinking Biblically: Wisdom Literature

Primary Text: Job 28 1 “Surely there is a mine for silver,     and a place for gold to be refined. 2 Iron is taken out of the earth,     and copper is smelted from ore. 3 Miners put[a] an end to darkness,     and search out to the farthest bound     the ore in gloom and deep darkness. 4 They open shafts in a valley away from human habitation;     they are forgotten by travelers,     they sway suspended, remote from people. 5 As for the earth, out of…