The Adventurous Lectionary – September 21, 2014 – Pentecost 15

The Adventurous Lectionary – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 21, 2014 Bruce G. Epperly Exodus 16:2-15 Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 Philippians 1:21-30 Matthew 20:1-16 Will God provide for our deepest needs? Are we alone in the world or is there a gentle providence working through our lives, giving us guidance, energy, and sometimes surprising manifestations [Read More...]

Adventurous Lectionary – September 14, 2014 – Pentecost 14

The Adventurous Lectionary – September 14, 2014 – Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost Bruce G. Epperly Exodus 14:19-31 Romans 14:1-12 Matthew 18:21-35 Today’s readings explore forgiveness, pluralism, and deliverance. Our dependence and interdependence with God and others is the framework for understanding the spiritual adventure. The Genesis reading is about God’s deliverance of the Israelites from [Read More...]

Adventurous Lectionary – September 7, 2014 – Pentecost 13

The Adventurous Lectionary – September 7, 2014 – The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Bruce G. Epperly Exodus 12:1-14 Psalm 149 Romans 13:8-14 Matthew 18:15 This week’s scriptures raise issues of divine violence and exclusion as well as God’s protective safety.   Like many important religious feasts, the celebration of Passover is shrouded in mystery and ethical [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – August 10, 2014

Lectionary Reflections for  August 10, 2014  Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b Romans 10:5-15 Matthew 14:22-33 This week’s readings are about God’s safekeeping of fallible, wayward, and mortal humanity. God responds to all who call upon God. God wishes to save persons in distress; in this we can have faith. Still, we must ponder [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...]


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