6 Nov 2007

Questions for the Prophets

Author: Bobby Valentine | Filed under: Hebrew Bible, Jesus, Ministry, Mission, Preaching

I have begun a “mini” series at Palo Verde called “Questions for the Prophets. I intend to ask some questions of Amos, Hosea, and a few others. This past Sunday I shared my “long” sermon called What Ticks God Off? The lesson is from the prophet Amos who is as tough as nails. The text was 2.6-16.

If you want to hear a sermon by Stoned Campbell on John 3.16 called simply “For God So Loved …” it is even shorter.

At any rate I am asked from time to time if any of my lessons are on line so here are a couple of examples.

Here is a link to an article in Time about Evangelicals and Divorce that you might find interesting. I recommend Rubel Shelly’s book, Divorce & Remarriage: A Redemptive Theology as worthy of serious reflection.

Bobby Valentine
PaLO VErde Church of Christ

12 Responses to “Questions for the Prophets”

  1. Falantedios Says:

    Have you ever read the book that got Homer Hailey disfellowshipped from the brotherhood?

    “The Divorced & Remarried Who Would Come to God”

    I remember it being a stellar read from one who loved God’s word far more than most of his detractors.


  2. Stoned-Campbell Disciple Says:

    Hailey’s book is good and a step in the right direction.

    Bobby Valentine

  3. preacherman Says:

    Great post.
    Thanks for recommending Rubel’s book. It is going to be added to my list. I just read “Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Live Every Day” by Joel Osteen. I am critiquing it on my blog.

  4. Mark Says:

    Hey Bobby,

    I went by the Palo Verde website the other day just to see where you’re working and I listened to the first sermon about what ticks God off. I really love the book of Amos, and I’m sure this will be a good series. The minor prophets–though often neglected–are so intensely practical and relevant!

    Hope things are going well for you.


  5. K. Rex Butts Says:

    Here is a great question… What is the doctrine of Salvation according to the canonical prophets? Of course, answering that would probably be a good thesis or even a disertation study.

    Ithaca Church of Christ
    Ithaca, NY


  6. Kent Says:

    Elizabeth Achtemeier actually has a great book on preaching the minor prophets entitled “Preaching from the Minor Prophets”. I followed her outline of preaching the prophets last year on Sunday nights and it went very well. Most of the people had never heard a sermon from Micah or Habbakuk, let alone Nahum or Joel. Preaching this material is great for us preachers as well. It gives us something different to approach every week. Best of luck.

  7. cwinwc Says:

    I would also recommend anything Olan Hicks has written or said on divorce and re-marriage. Olan was a lone voice in the Desert on this subject for many years.

  8. Stoned-Campbell Disciple Says:


    I have appreciated Achtemeier’s work for many years and her crusade to promote not only preaching from the Hebrew Bible but GOOD preaching from the Hebrew Bible. I have here little book on Preaching from the Minor Prophets and really enjoy it.

    I have done a series on Habakkuk, I just finished a five sermon series on Jonah and I have preached from Nahum … a book that is actually Good News. But I love Habakkuk!

    Amos on the other hand, I have only done two sermons from that book in 15 years worth of preaching (may God forgive me).


    I know what you mean about Olan Hicks. He has been alone in the wilderness so to speak for years. He has helped many folks including myself understand this terrible subject (MD&R). I have no doubt that Rubel Shelly likewise has profited from his work. I just recommended Rubel’s book because it is so well written … and he agrees with my understanding of 1 Cor 7, 🙂

    Bobby Valentine

  9. Kent Says:

    It’s ashamed that Nahum is not part of the lectionary because it is a book with great value.

  10. preacherman Says:

    I have recommended both of your books for reading on my blog. I hope you don’t mind.

  11. Matthew Says:

    Hey, Bobby, just wanted to let you know I wrote a review of your book today for the blog. Thought you might want to read it.

  12. ben overby Says:

    I’d like to include your blog in the book, The Church of Christ is Blogging (edited by myself and John Dobbs). When you get a moment, can you provide a brief bio and answer the questions–Why do you blog? and How would your describe your blog? Also, could you send me an article from your blog from this year and a link to the article/essay? With your permission, I’ll print it in the book. Send submission to benoverby@specialtywriting.com


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