Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 12 – August 31, 2014

The Adventurous Lectionary Exodus 3:1-15 Psalm 105:1-6. 23-26, 45a Romans 12:9-12 Matthew 16:21-28 Once upon a time, a rabbinical gathering considered the question, “Why was the bush burning but not consumed?” The rabbis posited of a variety of answers until one responded, “It was burning and not consumed so that one day, as Moses walked [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – August 24, 2014

The Adventurous Lectionary – August 24, 2014- Eleventh Sunday after the Pentecost Exodus 1:8-2:10 Psalm 124 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20 Today’s readings invite us to ponder our unique vocations and relationship with God. Our gifts shape and are shaped by the community of Christ. In living out our gifts, we share in God’s vision of [Read More...]

Faith and Failure: Reflections on J.R. Briggs new book “Fail”

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Book Review:  Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure, by J.R. Briggs The phrase “too big to fail” emerged during the banking crisis of 2008. Banks were bailed out, despite the fact that their own greed led to the economic collapse that threatened the livelihood of millions of Americans, depleted retirement accounts, [Read More...]

Reconciliation and Grace: The Adventurous Lectionary for August 17, 2014

Lectionary Reflections for August 17, 2014 – The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Genesis 45:1-15 Psalm 133 Romans 11:1-2a, 29-31 Matthew 15: 21-28 Today’s readings join reconciliation and grace. They call us to a spirituality of stature that embraces those who have harmed us and persons of other faiths and ethnicities. Largeness of spirit looks for [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – August 10, 2014

Lectionary Reflections for  August 10, 2014  Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b Romans 10:5-15 Matthew 14:22-33 This week’s readings are about God’s safekeeping of fallible, wayward, and mortal humanity. God responds to all who call upon God. God wishes to save persons in distress; in this we can have faith. Still, we must ponder [Read More...]

Listening for the Still, Small Voice: Reflections on Kristen Vincent’s book “A Bead and a Prayer”

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“God was not in the wind…God was not in the earthquake…God was not in the fire; and after the fire, the sound of sheer silence.” (I Kings 19:11-12) We are people, used to noise and constant communication that often fragments and distracts rather than unites and focuses. At my local Cape Cod market, I sing [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary for August 3, 2014: Wrestling with Jacob

Lectionary Reflections for August 3, 2014 – The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Genesis 32:22-31 Psalm 17:1-7, 15 Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 13:14-21 Encountering the Holy One can leave you feeling wounded as well as blessed. Jacob wrestles with a nocturnal stranger whom he believes to be God, refuses to give up, and receives both a blessing [Read More...]


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