The Adventurous Lectionary: Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014

Lectionary Reflections on Pentecost Sunday June 8, 2014 John 20:19-23 Acts 2:1-12 The back to back celebrations of Ascension and Pentecost surely give us something to think about.  Incomprehensible to “moderns,” there is a chance that postmodern pluralists might get the wild message of clouds, wind, and fire. But, it won’t be easy, especially if [Read More...]

What’s a Church to Do? A Response to Naomi Shaefer Riley’s “Got Religion?”

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As the pastor of a mid-sized congregation, South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, on Cape Cod, I am as perplexed as most of my colleagues about how to reach out to twenty and thirty-year-olds in our community. With the exception of the children of long-time members or persons planning to get married at our [Read More...]

Slow Church and the Transformation of Time

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A Response to Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus, by Christopher Smith and John Pattison In a recent conversation, a young adult noted, “I’m not interested in going to the big church down the road, with its band and big screen. It’s just like the mall. When I go to church, I [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary — June 1, 2014

Lectionary Reflections for June 1, 2014 Acts 1:6-14 I Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11 John 17:1-11 Today’s readings are about height and depth. Jesus is no longer on the earth. He has ascended. But, this is no cause to abandon our planet. It is an opportunity to take our place as Jesus’ companions in creative transformation. God [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: May 25, 2014

Lectionary Reflections for May 25, 2014 Acts 17:22-31 Psalm 66:18-20 Today’s scriptures invite us to consider the scope of divine revelation and salvation.  As the reality in whom we live and move and have our being, God’s wisdom touches all of us. Death and the afterlife are part of God’s vision of salvation.  Those presumed [Read More...]

Guided by a Gentle Providence: A Response to Vinh Chung’s Where the Wind Leads

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As I read Vinh Chung’s memoir, Where the Wind Leads, I was reminded of the words of the African American spiritual, “My Soul Looks Back”: How I got over How I got over My soul looks back and wonders How I got over. Vinh Chung muses about the providence that brought him safely to the [Read More...]

Jesus in Our Genes: A Response to Christian Piatt’s “Blood Doctrine”

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Does carrying Jesus’ DNA imply that you will embody Jesus’ spiritual unity with God? Was Jesus’ own unity with God a matter of nurture as well as nature? [Read more...]


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