Special Sermon Series



My Struggle with the Old Testament and …




Late winter and early spring of this year, our pastor’s Bible study progressed through the Old Testament and its main theme of God who is seeking to stay in covenant connection with a certain community and now us.  However, from a modern and progressive ideology, the Old Testament is really hard to read and it has very troubling stories. 

Thematically, we may even disagree with the God of the Old Testament; we can certainly find it very hard to worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  So how do we make sense of these troubling themes and stories?  Do we negate them, discount them, or just simply ignore them?  Or do we confront the difficulty as a way of understanding who God was, is, and will be in the future? 

As much as this journey will tell us about God, it will also tell us a lot about ourselves, which is a valuable discovery for all of us.  I invite you to join us for this early summer series that will probably ask the questions you’ve thought, but maybe never said out loud.






8:30 a.m. in the Chapel


10:00 a.m. Sanctuary  (Special Summer Worship Time)




Sunday, July 17





READING:   Joshua 3:9-17 (CEB)


MESSAGE:  “My Struggle with the Old Testament and … Genocide”     Rev. Dr.  Jim Hoffman





Sunday, July 22




READING:  Numbers 25:1-9 (CEB)


MESSAGE:  “My Struggle with the Old Testament and … Exclusivity”     Rev. Dr.  Jim Hoffman





Sunday, July 29



READING:  Hosea 13:7-16 (CEB)


MESSAGE:  “My Struggle with the Old Testament and … Condemnation”     Rev. Dr.  Jim Hoffman





Sunday, August 5





READING:  Jeremiah 13:20-27 (CEB)


MESSAGE:  “My Struggle with the Old Testament and … Shame”     Rev. Dr.  Jim Hoffman






Nursery care provided during 10:45 a.m. worship service for infants through age 3.   Special activity for pre-school children (JAM: Jesus And Me).