A few months ago ABC launched a new TV show titled “Of Kings and Prophets.” The story line was based on the Bible – in that interesting Hollywood way in which “based on” means “sort of, kind of, loosely related to.” A reviewer of the show said, “The ambitious drama sought to siphon off some of the Game of Thrones crowd by bringing about a violent and sex-fueled take on the Biblical story of David and King Saul.” Great. Just what we needed.
Turns out, a violent and sex-fueled take on the Biblical story doesn’t necessarily always work out: the show was cancelled after just two little watched episodes.
Of course, the Biblical story of David and King Saul (and all the other “kings and prophets” in the Biblical books of First and Second Samuel, and First and Second Kings) does include violence and sex (especially violence), and telling the story properly requires us to be honest about that. But it is obvious that the sex and violence isn’t the point in the Bible. The point of the Biblical stories is to figure out what God is up to in the midst of the human drama. The point is to discern how our good and loving, and demanding and justice-oriented, God responds when “kings and prophets” (and lots of other people) put themselves first.
This summer, all of our sermons are going to be based on stories about the prophets of the Hebrew Bible (a.k.a. the Old Testament). These stories are ancient words that have a whole lot to do with today’s world. They include not only sex and violence, but sorrow, courage, joy, hunger, injustice, hopelessness, hope and transformative divine love.
Each sermon will be independent from the others (that is, if you miss a week, you won’t be left behind). I encourage you to come and hear messages each Sunday this summer from a part of the Bible we sometimes downplay: stories of Elijah, Elisha, Micah, Amos and others. You will hear that these ancient words truly have much to do with today’s world, even beyond the sex and violence.
You can find out what each weekly sermon’s title is by visiting our This Sunday page.