Adventurous Lectionary: Divine Parenting and Human Well-Being – July 28, 2013

Lectionary Reflections for Pentecost 10 — July 28, 2013 Texts: Hosea 1:2-10; Psalm 85; Colossians 2:6-15; Luke 11:1-13 Today’s readings are profoundly theocentric in their proclamation of a universal God for whom the affairs of humans and nations are of significance. The readings also present the many faces of God – as challenger, restorer, enemy, parent, and transformer. The [Read More...]

Power, Love, and the Absence of God: A Dialogue with Sheridan Voysey’s “Resurrection Year”


[This post is part of a roundtable conversation on the new book, Resurrection Year by Sheridan Voysey, now featured at the Patheos Book Club.] Sheridan Voysey’s Resurrection Year is a testament to faith and honesty.  It opens the door for faithful Christians to take theology seriously and go beyond the rote recitation of “orthodox” doctrines, [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Pentecost 9, July 21, 2013

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 9 – July 21, 2013 Texts: Amos 8:1-12; Psalm 52; Colossians 1:15-28; Luke 10:38-42 Today’s readings abound in possibilities, including the possibility that we will suffer serious consequences if we deviate from God’s vision of Shalom.  According to the readings from Psalms and Amos, there is both a promise and [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Prophet, Pastor, and Provocateur – July 14, 2013

Lectionary Reflections for Pentecost 8 – July 14, 2013 It has been said that the prophetic task involves agitating the comfortable and comforting the agitated.  This is surely the case in today’s lectionary readings.  Just ten days beyond the Fourth of July, these readings challenge our personal and national priorities and pretentions, and our temptation [Read More...]

Can the Fourth of July be a Spiritual Holiday, Too?


Here are some spiritual practices for experiencing the holy amidst the nation’s fireworks. [Read more...]

The Adventurous Lectionary for July 7: Transformation is Right in Front of You

The central question for pastor, congregants, and the congregation as a whole is: Are our choices and behaviors opening us and others to Christ or are they standing in the way of God’s generously given abundance? [Read more...]

The Adventurous Lectionary for June 30: Bold Requests and Challenges

Today’s scriptures assert that God’s realm promises great things, and asks us to be persistent and focused in our quest to be faithful; we may have to let go of familiar relationships and comforts to awaken to the wonders God has in store for us. Sacrifice is essential to living faith, and our sacrifices open us to surprising powers and possibilities. [Read more...]

The Adventurous Lectionary for June 23: Questions That Change the World

Lectionary Reflections for the Fifth Sunday in Pentecost – June 23, 2013 I Kings 19:1-4, 8-15a; Psalm 42 and 43; Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 8:26-39 Questions that Change the World “What are you doing here?” God’s question to frightened Elijah addresses us all.  Why have we taken this path?  What events got us into our current situation or life [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – June 16, 2013 I Kings 21:1-10, 15-21a; Psalm 5:1-8; Galatians 2:15-21; Luke 7:36-8:3 Lively Grace and Difficult Justice  Grace abounds, but grace doesn’t nullify the consequences of our personal or corporate actions.  What we do matters and although grace can change the meaning of the past and awaken us to alternative futures, [Read More...]

Seeing the World with the Eyes of the Heart


Walking in beauty is the gift of sight and insight. It is grounded in taking a more leisurely pace, even on busy days. One of my spiritual teachers, Gerald May, counseled the following awakening practice: pause, notice, open, yield and stretch, and then respond [Read more...]