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November 14, 2016
Shepherds and Crucified Kings: The Lectionary for Reign of Christ
Jeremiah 23:1-6 What It’s About: Shepherds. But also kings. When Christianity was young, and it was...
November 07, 2016
The Days Will Come: The Lectionary for the 26th Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 65:17-25 and/or Malachi 4:1-2a What It’s About: Both of these prophetic texts offer visions of...
October 31, 2016
Suffering and God: The Lectionary for the 25th Sunday after Pentecost
Haggai 1:15b-2:9 and/or Job 19:23-27 What It’s About: Haggai is a tidy little book, often overlooked...
October 24, 2016
Collaboration and Destruction: The Lectionary for the 24th Sunday after Pentecost
Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4 and/or Isaiah 1:10-18 What It’s About: These passages are both from the inaugural portions...
October 16, 2016
The Righteous and the Religious: The Lectionary for the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost
Apologies for my hiatus; I had a few very hectic weeks with other projects. On...
September 19, 2016
The Trouble With Money: The Lectionary for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost
Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 and/or Amos 6:1a, 4-7 What It’s About: The Jeremiah passage is about a...
September 12, 2016
Balms and Kings: The Lectionary for the 18th Sunday after Pentecost
Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 and/or Amos 8:4-7 What It’s About: It's funny how some passages of the bible...
September 05, 2016
Lost and Sinful Things: The Lectionary for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Jeremiah 2:11-12, 22-28 and/or Exodus 32:7-14 What It’s About: These are both stories about God's wrath...
August 29, 2016
The Habits of Potters: The Lectionary for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Jeremiah 18:1-11 and/or Deuteronomy 30:15-20 What It’s About: Both of these texts are extended if...then statements. An...
August 22, 2016
Faithfulness and Goodness: The Lectionary for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Jeremiah 2:4-13, Sirach 10:12-18, or Proverbs 25:6-7 What It’s About: Jeremiah and Sirach are both about...
August 15, 2016
Wrestling with Traditions: The Lectionary for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Jeremiah 1:4-10 and/or Isaiah 58:9b-14 What It’s About: Isaiah and Jeremiah are two of the greatest...
August 08, 2016
Songs, Dreams, and Heroes: The Lectionary for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 5:1-7 and/or Jeremiah 23:23-29 What It’s About: Both of these passages are unusual in their...
August 01, 2016
Tradition and Faith: The Lectionary for the 12th Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 and/or Genesis 15:1-6 What It’s About: These are both texts about beginnings--of a sort....
July 25, 2016
Rich Fools and Divine Wisdom: The Lectionary for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost
Hosea 11:1-11 and/or Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14, 2:18-23 What It’s About: These are pretty distinct texts, and...
July 18, 2016
Sex, Prayer, and Sodom: The Lectionary for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
Hosea 1:2-10 What It’s About: Hosea has perhaps the most memorable opening section of any of...
July 10, 2016
Rotting Summer Fruits: The Lectionary for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost (and for this moment in American history)
Normally, I comment on the Hebrew Bible, Gospel, and Epistle readings for the week. This...
June 27, 2016
The God of Israel and the Children of Other Nations: The Lectionary for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
2 Kings 5:1-14 and/or Isaiah 66:10-14 What It’s About: These passages really don't have a ton...
June 21, 2016
Fire and the Fruits: The Lectionary for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 and/or 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21 What It’s About: These are stories about...
June 13, 2016
Wind, Earthquake, and Fire: The Lectionary for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost
1 Kings 19:1-4, 8-15a and/or Isaiah 65:1-9 What It’s About: Both of these passages are in...
June 06, 2016
Agency and Depravity: The Lectionary for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
1 Kings 21:1-21a and/or 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13-15 What It’s About: These are both stories about the...
May 30, 2016
Widows and Prophets: The Lectionary for the Third Sunday after Pentecost
1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24) What It’s About: This is the story of the widow of Zarephath--or,...
May 24, 2016
Debunking the Debunking: A Review of Rodney Stark’s Bearing False Witness
Rodney Stark's newest book, Bearing False Witness: Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic History, begins with a...
May 19, 2016
Notes on a Thing That Is None of My Business, OR, The Lectionary for the Second Sunday after Pentecost
I was glued to my phone all day yesterday, refreshing the Twitter feed of the...
May 15, 2016
Wisdom, Spirit, Truth: The Lectionary for Trinity Sunday
Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 What It’s About: Wisdom! Proverbs is a lot about wisdom generally, but this...
May 09, 2016
Spirit: The Lectionary for Pentecost
Acts 2:1-21 and/or Genesis 11:1-9 What It’s About: The common thread through these two passages is language....
May 02, 2016
That They May All Be One: The Lectionary for the Seventh Sunday of Easter
Acts 16:16-34 What It’s About: Here we have the story of an enslaved person, a young...
April 25, 2016
Visions of What’s to Come: The Lectionary for the Sixth Sunday of Easter
Acts 16:9-15 What It’s About: Here we meet Lydia, an important figure in the first generation...
April 18, 2016
Love and Newness: The Lectionary for the Fifth Sunday of Easter
Acts 11:1-18 What It’s About: This passage from Acts narrates an episode in one of the...
April 11, 2016
Heaven and Earth: The Lectionary for the Fourth Sunday of Easter
Acts 9:36-43 What It’s About: The Acts of the Apostles got its name from the...
April 04, 2016
Scales and Sheep: The Lectionary for the Third Sunday of Easter
Acts 9:1-20 What It’s About: This is the story of Saul--who would become Paul--and his experience...
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