The Adventurous Lectionary: The First Sunday in Lent – March 9, 2014

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Lectionary Reflections for the First Sunday in Lent  March 9, 2014 Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7 (preferred reading, Genesis 2:15-3:7) Psalm 32 Romans 5:12-19 Matthew 4:1-11 We begin our Journey into Lent with the affirmation that God’s grace is greater than our sin. The story of Adam and Eve, the primordial legend of humankind’s evolution, begins with [Read More...]

Ash Wednesday: Beauty and Mortality

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Baby boomers are discovering their mortality. Over the past year, several of my friends have been diagnosed with life-threatening cancers.  One of my closest friends, with whom I have journeyed and grown for over forty years, recently died brain cancer. Just a week ago, my mother-in-law passed away at 96. I have led seven memorial [Read More...]

Living the Jesus Prayer: On Norris Chumley’s “Be Still and Know”

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A little over six years ago, my son was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. I was devastated and initially feared for his life. My wife and I dropped everything and returned to Washington DC to accompany him and his wife of just three months while he was in the hospital receiving his first [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Transfiguration Sunday – March 2, 2014

Lectionary Reflections on Transfiguration Sunday Sunday, March 2, 2014 Exodus 24:12-18 Psalm 99 or Psalm 2 2 Peter 1:16-21 Matthew 17:1-9, 14-21 Experiencing the glory of God transforms everything.  The energy of the Big Bang streams forth from Jesus. Moses is enveloped in divine light. Divine energy and the power of God are not neutral: [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary for February 23, 2014

Lectionary Reflections Seventh Sunday after Epiphany February 23, 2014 Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 Psalm 119:33-40 I Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 Matthew 5:38-48 Today’s readings invite us to consider the nature of divine – and human – holiness and perfection.  As persons and communities, we are called to lives of stature and wholeness, embodying in our day-to-day lives [Read More...]

Praying with Hands and Heart: A Response to “Mercy in the City”

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Kerry Weber’s Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job is a delightful book. She chronicles her adventures as a young adult seeking to be faithful to God in the challenges of everyday life. There is no bombast or spiritual pyrotechnics in [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary for February 16, 2014

Lectionary Reflections for the Sixty Sunday after the Epiphany – February 16, 2014 Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Psalm 119:1-8 I Corinthians 3:1-9 Joy and wholeness are not accidental in the biblical tradition.  While some people do enjoy the accidents of good fortune, over the long run well-being is related to the quality of our spiritual lives and [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary for February 9, 2014

Lectionary Reflections for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany – February 9, 2014 Isaiah 58: 1-9a Psalm 112:1-10 I Corinthians 2:1-16 Matthew 5:13-20 Today’s scripture passages discuss the nature of personal and communal spirituality.  The Hebraic and early Christian traditions, from which our scriptures emerged, see the individual and community as profoundly interdependent.  Communities as [Read More...]

Knowing Too Much and Sharing Too Little: A Response to Death at the Movies: Hollywood’s Guide to the Hereafter

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A Response to Death at the Movies: Hollywood’s Guide to the Hereafter, by Lyn and Tom Davis Genelli Death at the Movies is a tour through cinematic images of the afterlife. Movies and television programs both reflect and shape our opinions and interests.  One area of great interest in recent years is the nature of the [Read More...]

If the Reformation is Always Reforming, Should the Revolution be Always Revolving?

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A Conversation with Edward Gilbreath’s Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Epic Challenge to the Church  The parents of the Protestant Reformation asserted that the reformation is always reforming.  Although the children of the Reformation often became mired in issues of biblical inerrancy, the second coming, divine predestination, and the scope of salvation, there is [Read More...]


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