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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear fellow Bible students,

     Have you ever wondered about the difficult passages in the Hebrew Bible (the "Old Testament") that depict a violent God? Are you ready for a scholarly book on the subject? Here's a review of such a book. - Pastor Tom

     "The Crucifixion of the Warrior God: Interpreting the Old Testament's Violent Portraits of God in Light of the Cross" (Volumes 1 and 2), by Gregory A. Boyd
     Renowned pastor-theologian Gregory A. Boyd proposes a revolutionary way to read the Bible in this epic but accessible study. His "cruciform hermeneutic (interpretation)" stands as a challenge to the field of biblical studies and to all thoughtful Christians.
     Throughout Christian history, various answers have been proposed, ranging from the long-rejected explanation that these contrasting depictions are of two entirely different "gods" to recent social, cultural and literary theories that attempt to dispel the conflict.
     Developing a theological interpretation of Scripture that he labels a "cruciform hermeneutic," Boyd demonstrates how the Bible's violent images of God are reframed and their violence subverted when interpreted through the lens of the cross and resurrection. When read in this way, Boyd argues that these violent depictions bear witness to the same self-sacrificial nature of God that was ultimately revealed on the cross.

     "The Crucifixion of the Warrior God" is available at augsburgfortress.org/CrucifixionoftheWarriorGod.


Lessons for Sunday, July 2, 2017
Jeremiah 28:5-9
Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
Romans 6:12-23
Matthew 10:40-42


Wednesday    10:00 am Bible Study

Saturday       9:30 - 11:30 am SOV Choir rehearsal

Sunday         8:30 & 10:30 am Worship service
                    Pastor Tom's appreciation celebration will take place between services.

A reminder --
The appreciation celebration for Pastor Tom is this Sunday between services.   Folks are invited to bring finger foods to share.

SOV Rummage Sale / Youth Group fundraiser
July 14 & 15
You can bring your gently used and cleaned items to the church, storage is being held downstairs.

Desire and Regina are proud to announce the arrival of baby Jethro on June 26, 2017.
8lbs  and 20 inches.