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Scripture Unscripted Rev. Elizabeth Moseley and Rev. Phil Dieke

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We're just two normal people talking in a normal way about scripture. We happen to be clergy, but don't hold that against us.

Reading and reflecting on Christian sacred texts is easier than you think, and you don't have to do it alone.

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    Mark 2:1-17 Forgiveness, Irony, and Holistic Healing

    Mark 2:1-17 Forgiveness, Irony, and Holistic Healing

    I (Phil) have recently started editing and producing this podcast and failed to post the correct edit of episode 152. My apologies for posting this episode twice. Hope you enjoy Mark chapter 2:   This week we go in depth on another passage in the Gospel According to Mark. As we continue to read through this , we will provide you with commentary, insights, and perspectives you may not get by reading the text on your own. This week we talk the power of community, why your faith matters for my salvation, and how the healing stories in Mark are about more than just the physical body. Check it out! Just a reminder you can also join our other podcast, , where we utilize the spiritual practice of lectio divina, or divine reading.   Jesus Heals a Paralytic 2 When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2 So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. 3 Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, 7 “Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8 At once Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were discussing these questions among themselves; and he said to them, “Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and take your mat and walk’? 10 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— 11 “I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home.” 12 And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!” Jesus Calls Levi 13 Jesus went out again beside the sea; the whole crowd gathered around him, and he taught them. 14 As he was walking along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. 15 And as he sat at dinner in Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were also sitting with Jesus and his disciples—for there were many who followed him. 16 When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 When Jesus heard this, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.”

    • 38 min
    Mark 2:1-17 Forgiveness, Irony, and Holistic Healing

    Mark 2:1-17 Forgiveness, Irony, and Holistic Healing

    This week we go in depth on another passage in the Gospel According to Mark. As we continue to read through this , we will provide you with commentary, insights, and perspectives you may not get by reading the text on your own. This week we talk the power of community, why your faith matters for my salvation, and how the healing stories in Mark are about more than just the physical body. Check it out! Just a reminder you can also join our other podcast, , where we utilize the spiritual practice of lectio divine, or divine reading.   Jesus Heals a Paralytic 2 When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2 So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. 3 Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, 7 “Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8 At once Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were discussing these questions among themselves; and he said to them, “Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and take your mat and walk’? 10 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— 11 “I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home.” 12 And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!” Jesus Calls Levi 13 Jesus went out again beside the sea; the whole crowd gathered around him, and he taught them. 14 As he was walking along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. 15 And as he sat at dinner in Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were also sitting with Jesus and his disciples—for there were many who followed him. 16 When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 When Jesus heard this, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.”

    • 38 min
    Mark 1:1-15 An Introduction to the Gospel According to Mark

    Mark 1:1-15 An Introduction to the Gospel According to Mark

    This week we discuss the introduction to the Gospel According to Mark. We talk titles for Jesus, the author's intent or "agenda" (not a bad word), and some fun word plays that take place in the text.  We chose to discuss Mark because at Highland Park UMC, we are beginning a church wide reading of this Gospel. You can follow along . We have also launched a new podcast called Ruminate This, that will follow the scripture reading plan utilizing a spiritual practice called lectio divina. These are short (no more than 15 minute) guided readings. Just another way you can engage the scriptures.    1 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,     who will prepare your way; 3 the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:     ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,     make his paths straight,’” 4 John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8 I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” The Baptism of Jesus 9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” The Temptation of Jesus 12 And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry 14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

    • 40 min
    Matthew 7:15-23 Labor Day and an introspective look at fruit

    Matthew 7:15-23 Labor Day and an introspective look at fruit

    Matthew 7:15-23  15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven,but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

    • 28 min
    Rebroadcast: Ecclesasties 1:18

    Rebroadcast: Ecclesasties 1:18

    A look back at some of our favorite series we've recorded. This is series deals with Wisdom Literature that pushes beyond conventional wisdom, and it happens to be Phil's favorite book of the Bible

    • 41 min
    Rebroadcast: Job 1-2

    Rebroadcast: Job 1-2

    Rebroadcast: Job 1-2 A look back at some of the favorite series we've recorded. This series deals with topics such as theodicy or why bad things happen to good people. Enjoy!

    • 42 min

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