The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday in Lent – February 14, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday in Lent – February 14, 2016 Deuteronomy 26:1-11 Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 Romans 109:8b-13 Luke 4:1-13 Today’s readings speak of divine deliverance from the challenges of life. While life holds no guarantees, still God is faithful and responds to our cries for help. Life involves the interplay of call [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Transfiguration of Jesus – February 7, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – Transfiguration of Jesus – February 7, 2016 Exodus 34:29-34 Psalm 99 2 Corinthians 3:14-4:2 Luke 9:28-43a Our spiritual lives are filled with contrasts. We experience ecstasy and then must mop the floor. We return to the demands of a difficult congregation after a life-changing spiritual retreat. We preach sermons and turn [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Third Sunday after the Epiphany – January 31, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Third Sunday after the Epiphany – January 31, 2016 Jeremiah 1:4-10 Psalm 71:1-6 I Corinthians 13:1-13 Luke 4:21-30 The adventurous preacher may be overwhelmed the abundance of riches in today’s readings. We have the great love chapter from Corinthians, with its undercurrent of creative agnosticism. We are reminded that God [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Third Sunday after the Epiphany – January 31, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Third Sunday after the Epiphany – January 31, 2016 Jeremiah 1:4-10 Psalm 71:1-6 I Corinthians 13:1-13 Luke 4:21-30 The adventurous preacher may be overwhelmed the abundance of riches in today’s readings. We have the great love chapter from Corinthians, with its undercurrent of creative agnosticism. We are reminded that God [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Third Sunday after the Epiphany – January 24, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Third Sunday after the Epiphany – January 24, 2016 Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Psalm 19 I Corinthians 12:12b-31 Mark 4:14-21 Today’s readings orient us toward God’s revelations in our lives. God’s law, embedded in our hearts and in the universe, may take many forms. Following God’s law enables us to [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary -The Second Sunday of Epiphany – January 17, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary -The Second Sunday of Epiphany – January 17, 2015 Isaiah 62:1-5 Psalm 36:5-10 I Corinthians 12:1-11 John 2:1-11 The season of Epiphany begins with celebrating the gifts of the magi, continues with God’s gift of grace, affirmed through Jesus’ baptism, and focuses this Sunday on God’s vocational gifts bestowed on each person. [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – January 10, 2016 – The Baptism of Jesus – The First Sunday after the Epiphany

The Adventurous Lectionary – January 10, 3016 – The Baptism of Jesus – The First Sunday after the Epiphany Bruce G. Epperly Isaiah 43:1-7 Psalm 29 Acts 8:14-27 Luke 3:15-17, 21-26 The Baptism of Jesus reminds us to remember our baptisms. It also calls us to see God’s grace as extending beyond those who are [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Epiphany Sunday – January 3, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – Epiphany Sunday – January 3, 2016 Matthew 2:1-15 The Second Sunday of Christmas will also be celebrated as Epiphany Sunday in my congregation as well as many congregations throughout North America. At South Congregational Church in Centerville, MA, just a few steps from a Cape Cod beach, we will celebrate God’s [Read More...]

Can a Saint be a Badass?

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Can a saint be a “badass”? Can a saint be tough, sometimes abrasive, embodied, highly imperfect, and sensual? Can a saint be married, possibly divorced, but still God-centered? Author Maria Morera Johnson’s clear response in her new book is “Yes.” Or as Oscar Wilde asserted, “every saint has a past and every sinner has a [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday after Christmas Day – December 27, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday after Christmas Day – December 27, 2016 I Samuel 2:18-20, 26 Psalm 148 Colossians 3:12-17 Luke 2:41-52 This Sunday the key words are “growing in wisdom and stature.” As I ponder today’s passages, I am reminded of one of my teachers Bernard Loomer’s notion that S-I-Z-E is an [Read More...]


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