Archives for August 2012

The Adventurous Lectionary: The 14th Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary Reflections for September 2, 1012 Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Psalm 45:1-2, 6-7; James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Faith is a matter of head, heart, and hands.  Faith without works is useless, so says the author of the Epistle of James.  Theology that can’t be practiced is irrelevant – a noisy gong or a clanging symbol.  Action [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary Reflections for Sunday, August 26, 2012 1 Kings 8:22-30, 41-43; Psalm 84; Ephesians 6:10-20; John 6:56-69 Spirituality involves holy space and holy time.  As the grandparent of a two year old, I constantly observe my toddler grandchild alternating between order and novelty.  On the one hand, he is constantly growing, and nothing is safe as he explores [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary Reflections for August 19, 2012 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14; Psalm 111; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58 In Jesus’ encounter with sight-impaired Bartimaeus, the Healer asks, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51)  To a man who had been paralyzed nearly four decades, Jesus inquires “Do you want to be made well?” (John 5:6)  These [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary Reflections for August 12, 2012 1 Kings 19:4-8; Psalm 34:1-8; Ephesians 4:25-5:2; John 6:35, 41-51 Today’s readings constellate around the themes of nurture and community.  We need spiritual soul food not superficial fast food.  We need the bread of heaven, embodied in earthly relationships; not spiritual quick fixes and easy answers.  We feast on the Spirit when [Read More…]