In today’s episode, we respond to a reader from Tumblr about managing a long-distance relationship while living with conservative family members. We share our own personal experiences, what we went through, things we did to keep ourselves sane, and so much more.
We also queer this week’s texts which come from Jeremiah 28:5-9 & Matthew 10:40-42. We tackled the importance of understanding biblical contexts in order to better appreciate and explore this week’s lectionary text. We also discussed the prophecies the prophets made and what was their purpose for doing it. There’s so much good stuff in today’s podcast so make sure to stay tuned.
Things we talked about:
- Brain’s life update and birthday plans [0:42]
- Queering the Bible course update and reunion call [2:14]
- Fr. Shay’s life updates [3:27]
- Discussion about defunding the police [4:37]
- Is wearing a mask really a sign of fear and weakness? [6:03]
- Reader question from Tumblr on managing a long-distance relationship while living with strict Christians [8:36]
- We queer the lectionary texts from Jeremiah 28:5-9 & Matthew 10:40-42 [19:31]
- Understand the context of exile to understand Hebrew scripture [22:05]
- Why Fr. Shay finds Jeremiah fascinating [22:49]
- The prophet’s prophecies and what they are [23:49]
- No Justice; No Peace [24:46]
- Why do we revile prophets? [27:28]
- An LGBTQ Christian Guide to Self Care (good for folks who have unaffirming people in their lives)
- Is it OK to be LGBTQ & Christian?
- Waitlist for Queering The Bible
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Then the prophet Jeremiah responded to Hananiah in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the Lord’s temple. The prophet Jeremiah said: “Indeed. May the Lord do just as you have said! May the Lord fulfill the words that you have prophesied and bring back from Babylon the equipment of the Lord’s temple and all the exiles to this place. However, listen closely to what I have to say to you and all the people: The prophets who came before you and me long ago prophesied war, disaster, and disease against many lands and great kingdoms. So the prophet who prophesies peace is recognized as one who is actually sent by the Lord only when that prophet’s message is fulfilled.”
“Those who receive you are also receiving me, and those who receive me are receiving the one who sent me. Those who receive a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. Those who receive a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. I assure you that everybody who gives even a cup of cold water to these little ones because they are my disciples will certainly be rewarded.”
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