The Adventurous Lectionary: Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – July 1, 2012 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27; Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43 The focus of today’s primary reading (Mark 5:21-43) is on the interplay of faith, community, and healing.  We will all eventually be in search of healing: whether it is David grieving for his intimate friend (2 Samuel: 1:1-27), dealing [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary Reflections: The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Sunday June 24, 2012 1 Samuel 17:32-49; 17: 57-18:5, 10-16; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41 I recall hearing a definition of courage as “fear that has said its prayers.”  Today’s passages speak of the interplay of courage and faith.  Those who experience the nearness of God are able to face [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The Third Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary Reflections for the Third Sunday after Pentecost (June 17, 2012) I Samuel 15:34-16:13; Psalm 20; I Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17; Mark 4:26-34 This Sunday’s lectionary readings describe the surprising and unexpected revelations of God.  God is not a homogenous force, evenly distributing revelation across the universe.  Rather, divine revelation and inspiration are contextual, historical, and [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Second Sunday After Pentecost

Lectionary Reflections: Second Sunday After Pentecost June 10, 2012 I Samuel 8:4-15; 11:14-15; Psalm 138; 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35 Today’s lectionary readings integrate concerns for just leadership, alignment with divine law, and the extent of grace in transforming our lives.  Despite the reality of human freedom, creativity, and God forgetfulness, God’s power is all-embracing [Read More...]


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