The Adventurous Lectionary – Easter Sunday – April 1, 2018 Acts 10:34-43 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 I Corinthians 15:19-26 John 20:1-18 and Mark 16:1-8 This is the day that God has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! As I awaken each morning, this is my affirmation. I am alive, grateful, and open to unheard of possibilities. What new and glorious thing will God do in this unrepeatable day. I am “woke” to wonder and love – to power… Read more

The Adventurous Lectionary – Palm and Passion Sunday – March 25, 2018 Bruce G. Epperly Mark 11:1-11 Philippians 2:5-11 Mark 14:1-15:47 (or 15:1-47) Palm Sunday is a challenging holy day in the life of the church. As entry point to Holy Week, it is the beginning of an emotional and political roller coaster. Despite the celebrative atmosphere of Palm Sunday, many congregations join palms and passion, hoping to counteract diminishing attendance at Holy Week services. It is believed that folks… Read more

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fifth Sunday in Lent – March 18, 2018 Jeremiah 31:31-34 Psalm 51:1-12 Hebrews 5:5-10 John 12:20—33 As we lean toward Holy Week, we are confronted by questions of law, grace, and mercy. What is it like to have God’s law written on our hearts? What would it be like to have God’s presence as near as our heartbeat? For most of us, there is a gap between God’s vision and our behaviors and attitudes. Often… Read more

Adventurous Lectionary – The Fourth Sunday in Lent – March 11, 2018 Numbers 21:4-9 Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 Ephesians 2:1-10 John 3:14-21 Today’s passages raise a variety of questions. The describe an ambiguity in divinity. Though they speak of divine rescue and global love, they also suggest a dark side to divinity. God causes suffering and may be the source of punishment that far exceeds our misdeeds. These passages invite us to consider the relationship between grace, punishment, and personal responsibility…. Read more

The Adventurous Lectionary -The Third Sunday in Lent – March 4, 2018 Exodus 20:1-17 Psalm 19 I Corinthians 1:18-25 John 2:13-22 Today’s readings focus on relationships, with God, humankind, and the non-human world. The readings embody a holistic faith joins theology, ethics, spirituality, economics, and public policy. They suggest that religion and politics really do mix, but in ways that challenge liberals and conservatives alike. While the Hebraic wanderers lived under the rule of a proto-theocracy, their understanding of the… Read more

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday in Lent – February 25, 2018 Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 Psalm 22:23-31 Romans 4:13-25 Mark 8:31-38 What is the nature of God’s relationship with the world? Is God aloof and unchanging? Is God domineering, acting unilaterally and robbing creation of agency? Or, is God’s relationship relational and loving, promoting maximal freedom and creativity in the created world? While God initiates the covenant with humankind, the covenant involves an ongoing call and response in which… Read more

This past year, I turned sixty-five and am now receiving Medicare. Social Security and pensions are on the horizon. Baby boomers are discovering their mortality. For a while, we lived in the garden, never expecting to grow old, hoping that the “better living through chemistry” that inspired spiritual adventures in the 60’s and 70’s will continue with medications be our fountain of youth now that we are in our 60’s and 70’s. Life is beautiful, but often too short. A… Read more

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday in Lent – February 18, 2018 Bruce Epperly Genesis 9:8-17 Psalm 25:1-10 I Peter 3:18-23 Mark 1:9-15 Lent is a time of creative transformation. We let go what keeps us from experiencing God’s presence in our lives and awaken to God’s new possibilities for us and our communities. During Lent, we need to repent, turn around, and move from deathful behaviors to life-supporting actions and attitudes. Today’s readings can take a preacher and… Read more

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Transfiguration of Jesus – February 11, 2018 2 Kings 2:1-12 Psalm 50:1-6 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 Mark 9:2-9 Today, with rock singer-songwriter Van Morrison, our scriptures invite us to sail into the mystic. All the great religions of the world emerged out of encounters with God, that radically changed the lives of those who encountered the Holy. They were transfigured, and their experiences gave birth to the faith traditions we celebrate today. Transfiguration comes in many… Read more

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany – February 4, 2018 Isaiah 40:21-21 Psalm 147:1-1l, 20c I Corinthians 9:16-23 Mark 1:29-39 Today’s readings invite us to look at life from a wider perspective and to go from self-interest to world loyalty. Theology and spirituality are intensely ethical in nature. As Archbishop Oscar Romero asserted, spirituality is not just about hearing God in our inner life, but in the suffering of those around us, especially the poor and… Read more

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