RE Verse reading–Amos 7:7-17, 8:1-3 (day seven) “You say, ‘Do not prophesy AGAINST Israel, and stop preaching AGAINST the house of Isaac.’ ” (7:16-17) I got a text from a friend yesterday. It said, “Ok buddy, no more woe, no more gloom and doom.” Not sure whether he was referring to recent sermons or blogs or conversations. I texted back (yes, I know how) that preaching Amos faithfully gave me no other choice. If “ALL Scripture is inspired and profitable” (2 Timothy 3:16), we are not well served by skipping the part that creates a holy anxiety for rightness. The tension is not new. People have always preferred good news to bad. I just wonder whether they are mutually exclusive or pragmatically compatible. Would I be a better man if I were more afraid of some things, less arrogant? Would we be a better country? I think so. I think Amos thought so too. I will see you in worship. We will find hope together!