September 12, 2009

Encouraging Words 9/12/09-"The Heart of a Teacher"

This week we are posting from the Human Rights Campaign's "Out In Scripture" series, teachings from the Standard Lectionary. Here is the description from the HRC:

You don’t have to leave your mind, heart and body behind when you encounter the Bible. This Human Rights Campaign resource places comments about the Bible alongside the real life experiences and concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of faith and our allies.

Out In Scripture is a collection of over 175 conversations about the Bible. With the skilled help of 100 diverse scholars and pastors, from over 11 different denominations, you will discover a fresh approach to Scripture. Here you can be honest, question and go deeper.

Out in Scripture is a great devotional resource as you consider your life of faith and put that faith into action. It is also especially helpful for preachers preparing sermons based on the Revised Common Lectionary.

The Bible’s not about beating you up, but lifting us all up. It includes the seeds of liberation and justice. You, too, can be out in Scripture.

Now for this week's teaching.

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Proper 19), Year B

From where does a teacher draw strength to teach? The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is called to be teachers, to sustain the weary with a word, with a gentleness born of wisdom. Both Isaiah and Mark remind us that the consequences of teaching may be suffering. Jesus assures us, however, that the ultimate outcome is resurrection and new life.

This week's lectionary Bible passages: Isaiah 50:4-9a and Psalm 116:1-9; Proverbs 1:20-33 and Psalm 19; James 3:1-13; Mark 8:27-38

Click here for commentary and questions for meditation/discussion.

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