The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 15 – September 6, 2015 Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 15 – September 6, 2015 Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 Psalm 125 James 2:1-17 Mark 7:24-37 God’s realm breaks down the barriers of friend and stranger and rich and poor and invites us to do likewise. God’s children deserve our reverence and respect, and this is revealed in our political advocacy [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 14 – August 30, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 14 – August 30, 2015. Song of Solomon 2:8-13 Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 James 1:17-27 Mark 7:1-18, 14-15, 21-23 Today’s readings celebrate the “beauty of holiness” and join concern for the inner life with care for external behaviors. They celebrate love in its many forms – romance, justice-seeking, care for the [Read More...]

Within The Trauma, A Blessing: Reba Riley’s “Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome”

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Biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann describes three interconnected moods in the Psalms – psalms of orientation, celebration of the goodness of life and our current blessed personal and social location; psalms of disorientation, lamentations when things fall apart and the future is dim; and new orientation, the joy of healing and recovery, in which things never [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 13 – August 23, 2015

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Lectionary Reflections Ephesians 6:10-20 Sunday, August 23, 2015 This week, I am focusing solely on Ephesians 6:10-20. We need to face the challenges of our time with spiritual integrity and trust in the unwavering grace of God. We need to surround ourselves and the threats that face us and our planet with deep and abiding [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost – August 16, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost – August 16, 2015 I Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 Psalm 111 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58 If a genie came to you and granted three wishes, what would they be? In this passage, God is not as generous as the genie, God gives only one wish, but God [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost – August 2, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost – August 2, 2015 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a Psalm 51:1-12 Ephesians 4:1-16 John 6:24-35 This Sunday’s readings focus on the realities of sin and grace. Our recognition of our fallibility opens us to grace beyond our efforts; the transformative energy emerging from a grace and power greater than [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost – July 26, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost – July 26, 2015 2 Samuel 11:1-15 Psalm 14 Ephesians 3:14-21 John 6:1-21 This week’s passages encompass the polarities and ambiguities of life. They join individual and communal, scarcity and abundance, and fallibility and grace. Close to God’s heart, David is an ambiguous hero. Tempted and [Read More...]

Too Much Sacrifice, Too Much Sin? Responding to Peter Mommsen’s ‘Homage to a Broken Man’

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I read Peter Mommsen’s Homage to a Broken Man: A Story of Faith, Forgiveness, Sacrifice, and Community with mixed feelings. It surely is an excellent testimony to one man’s fidelity.  J. Heinrich Arnold (Heiner) lived his life fully before God, submitting to his understanding of following Jesus in Christian community. It is also a witness [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost – July 19, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost – July 19, 2015 2 Samuel 7:1-14a Psalm 89:20-37 Ephesians 2:11-22 Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 God’s covenant embraces all of us, promising more than we can ask or imagine. How do we best align ourselves with God’s vision of abundant life for us and those we love? [Read More...]

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost – July 12, 2015

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost – July 12, 2015 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 Psalm 24 Ephesians 1;3-14 Mark 6:14-29 Do you dance with God? Does worship inspire passion and ecstasy? What happens when you dance to a different drum than God’s? Do our lives become destructive rather than creative? The reading from Samuel describes David [Read More...]


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