The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 24 – October 30, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost – October 30, 2016 Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4; Psalm 119:137-144, II Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12; Luke 19:1-10 Today’s scriptures invite us to consider the issue of spiritual stature or size. In one of his essays, “S-I-Z-E is the Measure,” process theologian Bernard Loomer describes spiritual stature as follows: “By [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – October 23, 2016 – October 23, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost – October 23, 2016 Joel 2:22-32; Psalm 65; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14 God have mercy! This is the beginning and end of the spiritual journey. The tax collector’s prayer alerts us to the dynamic interdependence of life. There are no self-made persons. No one can [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – October 16, 2016 – The Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost Jeremiah 31:27-34; Psalm 119:97-14; 2 Timothy 3:15-4:5; Luke 18:1-8. How shall we understand the divine order of the universe? Is there a divine law that undergirds the universe and human life? Is this law inflexible or relational? Are the laws of [Read More…]

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The Adventurous Lectionary – October 9, 2016 – The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

The Adventurous Lectionary – October 9, 2016 – The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c, Psalm 111, 2 Timothy 2:8-15, Luke 17:1-19 With its focus on two healing stories, today’s readings could be described by the phrase “the healing you need is right in front of you.” God’s healing presence abounds. In a [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – October 2, 2016 – Pentecost 20

The Adventurous Lectionary – October 2, 2016 – Pentecost 20 Lamentations 3:19-26, Psalm 137, 2 Timothy 1:1-14, Luke 17:5-10 The scriptures this week, in varying degrees, affirm God’s fidelity despite life’s challenges. While today, many people want experiential religion – and this is important – experiential religion needs to be balanced by a vision of [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 25, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 25, 2016 Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15, Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16, 1 Timothy 6:6-19 , Luke 16:19-31 This week’s Gospel reading along with some good words from my pastoral colleague inspired me to title my sermon, “Ubuntu at Cape Cod.” The parable speaks of the apparently unbridgeable gulf [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 18, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 18, 2016 Jeremiah 8:18-9:1, Psalm 79:1-9, 1 Timothy 2:1-7 • Luke 16:1-13 There is not a lot of joy in this Sunday’s lectionary readings. They seem appropriate for our current election season in which the two major candidates have more negatives than positives and [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary -The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 11, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary -The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 11, 2016 Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 Psalm 14 I Timothy 1:12-17 Luke 15:1-10 Today’s readings speak of being lost and finding your way home. Nations as well as persons can be lost. Our behaviors and lifestyle can destroy the planet and future generations. Yet, God seeks [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – September 4, 2016 – Pentecost 16

The Adventurous Lectionary – September 4, 2016 – Pentecost 16 Jeremiah 18:1-11 Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 Philemon 1:1-21 Luke 14:25-33 Today’s readings are challenging to our theology as well as our economics and socially-accepted values. No preacher can feel entirely comfortable reading, writing, or preaching these texts. Jeremiah’s vision of the divine potter has done a [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 15 – August 28, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 15 – August 28, 2016 Jeremiah 2:4-13; Psalm 81:1,10-16; Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16.; Luke14:1, 7-14 As summer ends, the political season is heating up. Church life takes on a renewed urgency and after a summer’s lull, decisions need to be made. We are tempted to separate the world in terms of [Read More…]