Amos, Part 2: Religious people committed to social injustice

Podcast for Wed 20 May [+ 27 May]

  • God’s Lament Over Us (Sandy Willson, 59m, MP3) — speaking to “A room full of business guys.” This ranges over the whole book, but applies specifically well to 3-6. The last 20 mins here are absolutely brilliant.


  • It takes 10-15 mins to read Amos 3-6. What are the most striking lines? (How about 3:2, 3:7, 3:12, 3:15, 4:1, 5:18-20!, 5:24, 6:1, 6:4-5.)
  • What religious wrongs are condemned in Amos 3-6? (See esp. 4:4-5, where Bethel and Gilgal are prestigious centres of pilgrimage.) Does much of this apply to your experience of modern Australian Christianity?
  • What social wrongs are condemned in Amos 3-6? (See esp. 5:10-15, but throughout.) Does much of this applies to your experience of modern Australian society?
  • What do you think is the relation between judgement and disasters, both natural and man-made? — Is it different in ancient Israel to how we ought to think about it? (see 4:6-13, is Amos thinking about the covenant in Deut. 28-30?)

Remember that we pick messages not for agreement in every detail, but for their discussion value. See How home groups work at Imagine for more, and The next ten weeks… for a current outline.


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