The Adventurous Lectionary: 24th Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary Reflections for November 11, 2012  Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17; Psalm 42; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44 This week’s lectionary readings deal with some of the most important energies of life – the energy of romance, conception, and sexuality; the energy of money and its proper use; the energetic quest for God in a difficult time; and the energetic field [Read More...]

Moving Toward a Vision

Presidential elections are about the hopes of a people.  They also chart a direction toward   a people’s future.  They involve the creative interplay of images, intentions, and actions. Without a vision, a people will perish both spiritually and corporately. While scripture does not detail public policy initiatives, I see the biblical witness as characterized by [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: 23rd Sunday after Pentecost

The Adventurous Lectionary – November 4, 2012 – Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost Ruth 1:1-18 Psalm 146 Hebrews 9:11-14 Mark 12:28-34 This Sunday’s lectionary readings are appropriate for the Sunday before Election Day in the USA.  They provide an alternative to the current xenophobia and divisiveness that characterizes much of todays’ fear-based political dialogue.  It [Read More...]

Cloud Atlas, Interdependence, and Quantum Entanglement

Last night, I spent nearly three hours enthralled by the movie adaptation of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas.  As a process theologian, whose work has been influenced by the philosophies of Alfred North Whitehead and Charles Hartshorne, the film’s portrayal of quantum entanglement, what Einstein described as “spooky action at a distance” reflects my own vision [Read More...]

Is a Bad God Better than No God at All?

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Do you recall the lyrics of a popular song from a few decades ago? Got to believe that A little bit of love is better than no love Even the bad love is better than no love And any kind of love is better than no love at all. Although I’m a big fan of [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 22

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 22 – October 28, 2012 Job 42:1-6, 10-17 Psalm 34:1-8 Hebrews 7:23-28 Mark 10:46-52 Replacement puppies and goldfish!  That’s what parents often do when a child’s beloved pet dies.  Sometimes they can fool the child, but not often!  Eventually, even with fish and turtles, a perceptive child may recognize the [Read More...]

Not Enough Religion in Politics?

“Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”  (Romans 12:2) This was the Apostle Paul’s counsel to the Christian community at Rome.  He challenged them to live by a different lifestyle and spiritual orientation than the culture around them.  Paul knew that we are children of our culture, [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The 21st Sunday after Pentecost

The Adventurous Lectionary for October 21 The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost After showing Job the wonders of creation, God shouts out to him, “Look at all I have created! Could you have done this?   You are mortal and finite, earthling; you are nothing in the grand scheme of things.  Don’t tell me know to run [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The 20th Sunday after Pentecost

The Adventurous Lectionary for October 14, 2012 The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost  This week’s scriptures deal with suffering, sex, and money – quite a trifecta for an intrepid pastor to tackle.  What “wild and crazy” images do this week’s lectionary readings provoke?  Whether or not you follow a radical homiletic pathway, it is important to [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The 19th Sunday after Pentecost

The Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost  – October 7, 2012 Job 1:1; 2:1-10; Psalm 26; Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16 Preaching at its best involves sharing provocative possibilities for congregational and personal transformation.  Good sermons always involve considering “impossible things,” and these provocative propositions – somewhat askew and counter with reality as we know it  – are what drives humankind [Read More...]


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