Judging the Judger: Genesis 2-4

Genesis 3:1-13, Psalm 32, Philippians 2:3-11, John 3:11, 16-21

Suggested Scripture Readings from Brian McLaren's We Make the Road by Walking.  The verses from John are my own supplement.

 More Proverbial Fruit                                                                                  Boston, 1999

More Proverbial Fruit                                                                                  Boston, 1999

When we talk to each other we must listen to the currents that run underneath the words. Moses stumbled in speech, but not because his feelings were slight; Bilaam was fluent but not because his heart was great.
— Rabbi David Wolpe

Sermon Notes
     The observation that rivalry flows from the experience of judgment is presented in its fullness in Brian McLaren's book, We Make the Road by Walking.  This book is the conversation partner for this sermon series. McLaren roots the pitfalls of judging and therefore subsequent rivalries and jealousies in misshapen human desires.

      I first encountered the phrase Listening Beyond Words in Rabbi David Wolpe's weekly email blast from Sinai Temple in Los Angeles.  The full article can be found  here: http://www.sinaitemple.org/learning_with_the_rabbis/writings/2012/080112ListeningBeyondWords.pdf