The Adventurous Lectionary – Fourth Sunday of Advent – December 20, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – Fourth Sunday of Advent – December 20, 2015 Matthew 5:2-52, Psalm 80:1-7, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-55 Christmas is on the horizon, and today’s scriptures may be lost amid the merriment as well as the Christmas pageants, often scheduled the week before Christmas. There is hope on the horizon and this hope [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Third Sunday of Advent – December 13, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Third Sunday of Advent – December 13, 2015 Zephaniah 3:14-20 Isaiah 12:2-6 Philippians 4:4-7 Luke 3:7-18 This Sunday we celebrate joy. Yet, this joy must come in the waiting. As I contemplate the scriptures from the Third Sunday of Advent, it is the Sunday of Christ the King, or the [Read More…]

Staying Put: Stability and Novelty in the Spiritual Journey

Carl McColman’s Befriending Silence: Discovering the Gifts of Cistercian Spirituality presents a mystical spirituality for everyday people. You don’t have to be in a monastery to experience God. You can be an everyday mystic, while you’re fixing breakfast for your children, driving to work, caring for an elderly parent, or giving your spouse a massage. [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday of Advent – December 6, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday of Advent – December 6, 2015 Malachi 3:1-4 Luke 1:68-79 Philippians 1:3-11 Luke 3:1-6 Advent is a time that joins patience and restlessness. We are waiting and waiting isn’t easy. We want Christmas now! We want fulfillment now! We want spiritual growth now! We want the world to [Read More…]

Advent without Guarantees

Advent without Guarantees We who must die demand a miracle. How could the Eternal do a temporal act, The Infinite become a finite fact? Nothing can save us that is possible: We who must die demand a miracle. (From W.H. Auden, “For the Time Being”) These words from W.H. Auden’s Christmas Oratorio, written in the [Read More…]

God’s Gentle Providence: Dialoging with Thomas Oord’s “The Uncontrolling Love of God”

God’s Gentle Providence: Dialoging with Thomas Oord’s “The Uncontrolling Love of God” Over the past few years, I have referred to God’s presence in our lives and in the world as “gentle providence.” God is at work in the world, seeking abundant life. But, God’s power is relational and persuasive and not unilateral and coercive. [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday in Advent – November 29, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday in Advent – November 29, 2015 Jeremiah 33:14-16 Psalm 25:1-10 I Thessalonians 3:9-13 Luke 21:25-36 How do we feel as we look toward the future? Do we see continuity or discontinuity? Do we expect gradual evolution or cataclysmic change? Today’s scriptures suggest both options, and whether the result [Read More…]


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