Tag Archives: Elijah

Between the Lines: Proper 8- June 30, 2013

Text: Luke 9:51-62

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Whirl-fire (Photo credit: Loving Earth)

When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”

Where did the disciples get the idea this was the way to deal with opponents? Take a look at 1Kings 18:20-40 (Elijah’s battle with the prophets of Baal, in which he calls down fire on the offering and ultimately slaughters all the Baal prophets), 2Kings 1:9-12 (Elijah calling down fire on the king’s captain and 50 men- twice!), or 2Kings 2:23-24 (two she-bears maul 42 small boys who have been heckling the prophet Elisha).

When have you ever found yourself wanting to “command fire to come down” on someone who has disrespected, ignored, or embarrassed you? What kind of “fire” do you imagine—misfortune, illness, poetic justice? What was the injury you felt you had suffered at their hands? What does the desire to “command fire to come down” want to affirm, defend, protect? What do you make of Jesus’ rebuke of the disciples?

– Andy Kille


“Between the Lines” is excerpted from BibleWorkbench, a weekly resource for engaging the biblical story in a new way published by the Educational Center in Charlotte, NC.  For details and subscription information, see  About BibleWorkbench.


Between the Lines: Proper 7- June 23, 2013

Text: 1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a

You Are Here

You Are Here (Photo credit: cabbit)

Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying,
“What are you doing here, Elijah?”

This is reminiscent of God’s question of Genesis 3:9 – But the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?

This kind of question is perhaps not asked because God does not know the answer but because the one being questioned does not know the answer: “Where are you, Adam?”  Adam’s answer should be a shocker for him to hear himself speak out loud: “I am hiding from the Lord God!!!”

So Elijah must answer for himself the question: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

We, too, must ask ourselves the same questions: “Where am I and what am I doing here?!”  And we need to voice our answer so that we ourselves might hear it.

– Terry Dowdy

“Between the Lines” is excerpted from BibleWorkbench, a weekly resource for engaging the biblical story in a new way published by the Educational Center in Charlotte, NC.  For details and subscription information, see  About BibleWorkbench.


Between the Lines: Transfiguration Sunday: February 10, 2013

Text: Luke 9:28-36, (37-43a)

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a cloud overshadowed them
(Photo: Shandi-lee)

While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”

Not knowing what he has said or is saying, Peter suggests making three booths for Jesus, Moses and Elijah, creating a new trinity of holy ones. While he is saying this there is the cloud and shadows, terror and the voice. Only now does Peter realize that he has missed the point, misunderstood what he has seen. What have you known of revelatory moments in your life when you got the message wrong? How have you been brought up short only when a dark cloud has subsequently overshadowed and terrified you? What was the event you misinterpreted? What was the cloud and shadow? What do you recall of the terror? Why might it be that in some of life’s most important events we assume too easily and speak too quickly? Why might it be that it takes dark clouds and terror to make us reconsider and recalibrate? If there are dark clouds in your life and, perhaps, some fears that haunt you, wonder if they too may be challenging you to rethink some of the conclusions you are making about someone who is important to you. Even conclusions about yourself!

– Bill Dols


“Between the Lines” is excerpted from BibleWorkbench, a weekly resource for engaging the biblical story in a new way published by the Educational Center in Charlotte, NC.  For details and subscription information, see About BibleWorkbench.