Rev. David Haley - Guest Preacher for July 29

Rev. David L. Haley was born in Hardin, Kentucky, in 1951. He is married to Michele Harbeck Haley, and they are parents to four children: Chris (Lynne), Melissa, Rebecca, and Anna; and grandparents to two, Logan and Carson.

David earned a B.S. from Murray State University (1973), an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1976), and an M.A. from the University of Chicago Divinity School (1983).

In his clergy career he served as Associate Pastor at Trinity UMC in Memphis, Tennessee (1976-1979), before transferring to Northern Illinois in 1979, where he served Hermosa-Salem (1979-1981), Berry Memorial (1981-1990), West Chicago (1990-2007), and Skokie: Central (2007-2018).

In addition to ordained ministry, David has mown grass, packed ice, carried furniture, worked in a tennis club, an emergency room, as a Firefighter/ Paramedic, and as a hospital and fire and police chaplain.

In retirement, David and Michele will live in Park Ridge, where David will serve as Chaplain for the Des Plaines FD and the NIPSTA Fire Academy in Glenview, as well as travel the world in search of adventure, history, religion, and great food.

The Book of Habakkuk is one of the Twelve "Minor Prophets." It is short, and found almost at the end of the Hebrew Bible. While you have probably heard the phrase "the just shall live by faith," you may know it from Paul's quotation of it in Romans 1:17 rather than from it's original context in Habakkuk 2:4.

Habakkuk was passionately concerned for social justice, and he criticized the broad stream of injustice that ran through the political, judicial and economic systems of Judah and Jerusalem, its capital. He assures Judah that God will punish them as a result of their injustices. Habakkuk was deeply troubled by the prevalence of injustice that ran contrary to the justice that God wants for the world and all of its inhabitants. The book is set up as a debate between the prophet and God.

For Habakkuk, the marks of true faith in God include a commitment to fairness and equity in all aspects of life. He was deeply troubled by inequities in the judicial system, the exploitation of the poor by the wealthy, and a stratified social order where persons are valued based on the economic level. He was angered by the injustice perpetrated by people in power: kings, judges, religious leaders and wealthy citizens. Let us hear Habakkuk's voice speaking to us today.