God Provides for Abraham

Edina Morningside Community Church

Today’s scripture reading:
Genesis 21:1-3; 22:1-14
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Thanks be to God?? We often end Scripture readings with, “The word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.” But “thanks be to God”, for this?? Today’s scripture challenges that verse of Second Timothy which claims, “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness….” (2 Tim 3:16). That said, I cannot recognize as God the voice at the start of this passage, who commands a father to kill his son in order to demonstrate ultimate devotion. Taking these verses on the level of fact would ask us to shelve a morality so fundamental that it shows up in the Big Ten: “You shall not murder.” We must question and challenge the divine command here, lest we encourage others to claim God-given license to commit murder. The God we know in Jesus Christ does not ask things like this, so we’re best to be on guard when the Bible starts to make it sound otherwise. Perhaps this story exists not for instruction, but “for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” Sometimes instead of a roadmap to follow, the Bible gives us a warning of where not to go. Continue reading “God Provides for Abraham”

Celebrating God’s Presence in the Unexpected

Edina Morningside Community Church

Today’s scripture reading:
Psalm 139
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National Night Out is a very big deal on our block. It has been led the last several years by Rezek House, a transitional and supportive housing community on our block. The formerly-homeless, mostly young adults of color who live at Rezek have life experiences radically different from my own. They are young people whose lives of hip-hop and single-parenting I do not really know. I make assumptions about their abilities and ideas. While we discussed how this year’s event could be bigger and better than ever, I was skeptical about how many people would show up. I confess that my biases caused me to wonder: could they pull off all that they were describing?

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