Sunday, December 04, 2005

divine combat

Welcome to the show for Sunday, December 4, 2005. Today’s sermon is entitled “Divine Combat” and was originally delivered in 2001.

Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, "Let me go, for the day is breaking." But Jacob said, "I will not let you go, unless you bless me." So he said to him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Jacob." Then the man said, "You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed."

Our musician this week is the Eric Anders, an incredibly talented artist who artfully employs his literary talents in his songwriting and evokes the bitter-sweet beauty of the human condition in each of his songs. While Eric is not a Christian nor a Christian artist, the song I featured today, “Struggle” seemed to be a great fit for today’s episode. Many thanks to Eric for his kind and generous permission to feature his terrific music. You can find out more about Eric and information about ordering his Cds at You can find the show notes on my podcast host page at Please note that all rights to this song reserved by Eric Anders and that it may not be duplicated beyond the purposes of listening to this podcast episode.

Quotes and resources for this week's episode:

Frederick Buechner, The Magnificent Defeat
Harper Collins Bible Commentary
Walter Brueggeman, Genesis, Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching
See Frederich Buechner, Listening to your Life
H. Richard Niebuhr, The Responsible Self

Thanks for listening, see you next week!

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