Hosea has been a difficult book for many believers. Why would God ask a prophet to
marry a prostitute? Surely Hosea knew that chances of her faithfulness were small
indeed. Scholars say the Hosea-Gomer story is a parable of God and Israel. Remember
the old rhyme? "How odd of God to choose the Jews?" That dancing around the golden
calf in the wilderness was only a prelude to the unfaithfulness God's people exhibited
again and again. Yet God did not give up on God's beloved, despite their wayward ways.
Someone sitting in the pew next Sunday needs to hear the word of the Lord that comes
The word epiphany is from the Greek and refers to the experience of a sudden and amazing realization. Usually it’s applied to a scientific or philosophical/religious breakthrough, but it can apply in any situation in which a brilliant insight gives a person a different perspective on life or a problem s/he has been considering. For example, Archimedes’ famous shriek of “Eureka!” came as he was in the baths, contemplating yet again the difficulty of determining if a given mass would float.
Ron Love Mark Ellingsen Bob Ove Bonnie Bates Bill Thomas Frank Ramirez
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Imagine a worship service, a sharing of scripture and interpretation, that went on from dawn until midday. How would you respond? In many of our mainline churches a worship service that last more than an hour risks negative comments to the pastor. “Worship was too long.” “I have other things to do today.” “Can’t you try to keep worship to an hour?”
Some time ago there was a series of programmes on BBC 2 on the recent history of the Catholic Church. The series was called "Absolute Truth", and one programme looked at Catholicism in the developing parts of the world. It studied the work of liberation theologians in Latin America, particularly Leonardo Boff and Oscar Romero.