"When You Discover You are Goliath"

Proper 7.B.18
Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49
The Rev. Melanie McCarley

David & Goliath is one of the great biblical stories. It has all of the elements making for a fine tale: an improbable hero as well as an evil protagonist, a slim chance for success, daring and action and, at the final moment, victory. From a theological point of view, it is a story of how God chooses the weak among us to shame the proud, and in the form of a short story it tells us that “pride goeth before a fall.”

"The Plumb Line of Righteousness"

Proper 10.B.18
Amos 7:7-15
The Rev. Melanie McCarley

“Amos is tough. Amos is blunt. Amos says things that no one wished to hear 2,800 years ago; and things no one much wishes to hear today.” (John Holbart) To be frank about it, Amos is a chief ruffler of feathers.

The Bible tells us that Amos was called to the task of prophesy sometime in the middle of the eighth century before the Common Era. And his task was to speak of the matter of justice.