The Adventurous Lectionary – July 6, 2014 – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary Reflections for July 6, 2014  Romans 7:15-25a Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 “Come to me all who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” These authoritative words from Jesus serve as God’s response to Paul’s, and our own, inner turmoil and ethical angst. Jesus speaks out of his unique relationship [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary: June 29, 2014

Lectionary Reflecions for the Third Sunday after Pentecost June 29, 2014 Genesis 22:1-14 Psalm 13 Jeremiah 28:5-9 Romans 6:12-23 Matthew 10:40-42 This week’s stories are all challenging. We need to take exception to the story of Abraham and Isaac to be faithful to the God of grace. Following Christ is ultimately about a life-giving lifestyle, [Read More…]

Relativity and Revelation: Responding to Samaa Habib’s “Face to Face with Jesus”

Samaa Habib’s Face to Face with Jesus: A Former Muslim’s Journey to Heaven and Encounter with the God of Love is a fascinating spiritual autobiography, describing one person’s encounter with the holy.  It is a highly personal book with universal ramifications.  It is highly particularistic and sectarian, yet it also has an unexpected globalism. Like [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary for June 22, 2014

Lectionary Reflections for the Second Sunday After Pentecost – June 22, 2014 Genesis 21:8-21 Psalm 81:1-10, 16-17 Romans 6:1b-11 Matthew 10:24-39 God is faithful and invites us to look beyond our own resources and self-interest to a larger vision of life.  When trouble surrounds us, we are not alone; God is with us.  These affirmations [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Trinity Sunday – June 15, 2014

Lectionary Reflections for Trinity Sunday June 15, 2014 Genesis 1:1-2:4a Psalm 8 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Matthew 28:16-20 With summer on the horizon, the scriptures celebrate creation and our place in it.  It’s not about us.  We have a unique mission but it is part of a larger holy adventure of divine wisdom and creativity.  We [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014

Lectionary Reflections on Pentecost Sunday June 8, 2014 John 20:19-23 Acts 2:1-12 The back to back celebrations of Ascension and Pentecost surely give us something to think about.  Incomprehensible to “moderns,” there is a chance that postmodern pluralists might get the wild message of clouds, wind, and fire. But, it won’t be easy, especially if [Read More…]

What’s a Church to Do? A Response to Naomi Shaefer Riley’s “Got Religion?”

As the pastor of a mid-sized congregation, South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, on Cape Cod, I am as perplexed as most of my colleagues about how to reach out to twenty and thirty-year-olds in our community. With the exception of the children of long-time members or persons planning to get married at our [Read More…]

Slow Church and the Transformation of Time

A Response to Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus, by Christopher Smith and John Pattison In a recent conversation, a young adult noted, “I’m not interested in going to the big church down the road, with its band and big screen. It’s just like the mall. When I go to church, I [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…]


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