The Adventurous Lectionary – Third Sunday after Pentecost – June 5, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – Third Sunday after Pentecost – June 5, 2016 I Kings 17:8-16 (17-24) Psalm 146 Galatians 1:11-24 Luke 7:11-17 In today’s readings, God is portrayed as the source of amazing things: food in a drought, reviving the dead, and transforming our lives. When we see a dead end, God sees an open [Read More…]

Mysticism, Hallucinations, and Designer Spirituality

The dustcover of Joshua Steven Grisetti’s new book God in My Head announces that the author “experienced an accidental prescription drug overdose at a dentist’s office and subsequently had an unexpected encounter with the Almighty Creator the Universe.” Grisetti’s drug induced hallucinations opened the doors of perception, to use Aldous Huxley’s language, and awakened him to [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday after Pentecost – May 29, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday after Pentecost – May 29, 2016 I Kings 18:20-39 Psalm 96 Galatians 1:1-12 Luke 7:1-10 What is your ultimate concern? Will you choose life or death, God or idols? Will you follow the path of Jesus or the wayward meanderings of materialism, individualism, and xenophobia? Will you open [Read More…]

Does the Pursuing God Ever Stop Pursuing?

Like any loving parent or grandparent, God will not quit pursuing us – or loving us. Not even death can hinder God’s pursuit, for nothing can separate us from the graceful and pursuing love of God. [Read more…]

Balancing Self Interest and World Loyalty: On Dee Dee Risher’s ‘Soulmaking Room’

This post is part of a conversation on the new book The Soul-Making Room by Dee Dee Risher, for the Patheos Book Club. Philosopher Alfred North Whitehead claims that religion, at its best, aims at world loyalty. It begins, as the philosopher notes, with solitude, with our own personal experiences of the holy and the privacy [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Trinity Sunday – May 22, 2016

Trinity Sunday – May 22, 2016 Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15 After the fireworks of Pentecost, Trinity Sunday seems like a bit of a letdown. Functionally speaking, most mainline, liberal, and progressive Christians are Unitarian in spirit, if not theology. Although we recite the creeds from time to time, the doctrine [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost Sunday – May 15, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost Sunday – May 15, 2016 Acts 2:1-21 Psalm 104:24-34, 35b Romans 8:14-17 John 14:8-17, (25-27) Like Easter and Christmas, the Pentecost preacher is presented with a scripture that is so familiar that he or she wonders if anything new can be said. Moreover, Pentecost is an anachronistic festival in many [Read More…]


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