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…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost – July 5, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost – July 5, 2015 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 Psalm 48 2 Corinthians 2:2-10 Mark 6:1-13 In today’s lectionary readings, I am focusing on the New Testament readings and their emphasis on the role of faith to transform our lives, and enable us to face creatively even [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – June 28, 2015

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – June 28, 2015 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 Psalm 130 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 Mark 5:21-43 Today’s texts invite us to consider the need for healing. We need healing of our experiences of loss, of our sense of moral failure, greed, and brokenness of body, mind, spirit, and relationships. The Old Testament [Read More…]

The Heroine’s Journey: On Jody Gentian Bower’s “Jane Eyre’s Sisters”

On my study desk sits a paperweight that announces “solvitur ambulando,” or “it will be solved in the walking.” Jody Gentian Bower’s Jane Eyre’s Sisters: How Women Live and Write the Heroine’s Story could easily be described as “it will be solved in the wandering.” As I read this insightful text, transformative for both women and [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary -The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – June 21, 2015

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – June 21, 2015 I Samuel 17: 1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49 Psalm 9:9-20 II Corinthians 6:1-13 Mark 4:35-41 Trusting God we can do greater things than we can imagine. Faith opens us to quantum leaps of power, inspiration, and energy. God’s grace is sufficient for us to respond to every [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary -The Third Sunday After Pentecost – June 14, 2015

The Third Sunday After Pentecost – June 14, 2015 I Samuel 15:34-16:13 Psalm 20 II Corinthians 5:6-10, 16-17 Mark 4:26-34 God looks beyond appearances to see the human heart. God goes beyond the superficial to see beauty hidden in geodes and wonders in a small seed. A child’s lunch can feed a multitude. A persecutor [Read More…]

Pilgrimages Every Day: On Christine Valters Paintner’s ‘The Soul of a Pilgrim’

A dialogue between Piglet and Winnie Pooh points to the fact that adventure can be waiting around every corner. Piglet asks Pooh, “When you wake up in the morning, what’s the first thing you say to yourself?” To which Pooh replies, “What’s for breakfast?” He then asks his small companion, “What do you say Piglet?” who [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday after Pentecost – June 7, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday after Pentecost – June 7, 2015 I Samuel 8:4-20 Psalm 138 II Corinthians 4:13-5:1 Mark 3:20-35 Today’s reading from I Samuel might come with the motto, “the government that governs least governs best.” Dissatisfied with their current political situation, the people demand a king. Both God and Samuel [Read More…]

Thin Places, Wide Open Vistas, and the Afterlife: Reflections on ‘The Hand on the Mirror’

The Celts of Scotland and Ireland speak of certain patches of land as “thin places” where heaven and earth, the divine and human, eternity and time, touch one another. Thin places remind us that we are always on holy ground and that God’s Spirit moves temporally and geographically through our lives and the world. Janis [Read More…]