The Adventurous Lectionary – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 25, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 25, 2016 Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15, Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16, 1 Timothy 6:6-19 , Luke 16:19-31 This week’s Gospel reading along with some good words from my pastoral colleague inspired me to title my sermon, “Ubuntu at Cape Cod.” The parable speaks of the apparently unbridgeable gulf [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 18, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 18, 2016 Jeremiah 8:18-9:1, Psalm 79:1-9, 1 Timothy 2:1-7 • Luke 16:1-13 There is not a lot of joy in this Sunday’s lectionary readings. They seem appropriate for our current election season in which the two major candidates have more negatives than positives and [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary -The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 11, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary -The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 11, 2016 Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 Psalm 14 I Timothy 1:12-17 Luke 15:1-10 Today’s readings speak of being lost and finding your way home. Nations as well as persons can be lost. Our behaviors and lifestyle can destroy the planet and future generations. Yet, God seeks [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – September 4, 2016 – Pentecost 16

The Adventurous Lectionary – September 4, 2016 – Pentecost 16 Jeremiah 18:1-11 Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 Philemon 1:1-21 Luke 14:25-33 Today’s readings are challenging to our theology as well as our economics and socially-accepted values. No preacher can feel entirely comfortable reading, writing, or preaching these texts. Jeremiah’s vision of the divine potter has done a [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 15 – August 28, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 15 – August 28, 2016 Jeremiah 2:4-13; Psalm 81:1,10-16; Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16.; Luke14:1, 7-14 As summer ends, the political season is heating up. Church life takes on a renewed urgency and after a summer’s lull, decisions need to be made. We are tempted to separate the world in terms of [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 14 – August 21, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 14 – August 21, 2016 Jeremiah 1:4-10 Psalm 71:1-6 Hebrews 12:18-29 Luke 13:10-17 This week, we ponder God’s providential love that breaks through every barrier. God is willing to give us more than we can ask or imagine. We need to open our hands to receive the fullness of divine [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost – August 14, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost – August 14, 2016 Isaiah 5:1-7 Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 Hebrews 11:29-12:2 Luke 12:49-56 What are we to do with this week’s readings? There is already enough polarization, and these readings seem to fuel the flame. People argue and condemn each other on social media. A handful [Read More…]