Posts by Pastor Bo

The Gospel of Mad Magazine

Posted By on Aug 13, 2019

Mad Magazine is ceasing its publication of the print edition. This is going to be a huge loss. Mad Magazine used parody, caricature, and satire to lampoon the ridiculous elements of our age. This was the role of parables in Jesus’s age. We have been taught to read parables poorly. They have been neutered, sanitized, and de-fanged. Many of us were taught to read parables as: Aesop’s Fables Proverbs Allegory Parables are...

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Time for Church 2.0

Posted By on Aug 6, 2019

Interactive Church is my passion. This week we finally go all the way to Church 2.0 with my current congregation! We have been practicing the component parts and building a culture of conversational listening for 2 years. This Sunday we put it all together for the first time. You can find videos for Interactive Church (2.0) here [link] Each of our Sunday gatherings are conceived of in 3 Acts and each act is centered around something...

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Looking Forward To Fall

Posted By on Aug 1, 2019

This Fall is going to be a lively time at Vermont Hills! There are some big things in the planning process and we are partnering with some new groups in the community to open up places for us to serve. We have also planned some fun conversations in 3 of our weekly gatherings. Sunday mornings during the worship service (10:30 am) we are going to go through the Gospel of Luke in hopes of encountering Jesus as adults. It might be time to...

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Romans 8:28 often gets translated “All things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to God’s purpose.” This idea has migrated into our culture, absent the God element, as “everything happens for a reason”. Both the Bible version and its secular offspring have had disastrous ramifications. It is a dangerous idea that harms people daily. Not only is it a bad reading of...

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Nobody Reads The Bible Literally

Posted By on Jul 25, 2019

Nobody reads the Bible literally. We are all interpreting – and this is a good thing! This admission allows us to say: Since we are all interpreting, let’s talk about how we are interpreting. I first realized this about the book of Revelation (apocalyptic literature). Then it became clear about other genres of scripture like wisdom literature (Job) and the Gospels (Luke). Here is a recent sermon that I gave on the subject....

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