The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday of Advent – The Adventurous Lectionary

The Adventurous Lectionary – December 4, 2016 – The Second Sunday in Advent Isaiah 10:1-11 Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 Romans 15:4-13 Matthew 3:1-12 Today, we explore radical transformation, guided by God, but brought about by ourselves. I think global history argues against a divine rescue operation. The meek seldom inherit the earth. The wealthy seldom give [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday of Advent -November 27, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday of Advent -November 27, 2016 Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 22, Romans 3:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 Let us walk in the light of God, so says the prophet Isaiah. With darkness descending in the Northern hemisphere and fears of darkness politically and globally, these words are good counsel. The dark night [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Reign of Christ Sunday – November 20, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – November 20, 2016 – The Reign of Christ Jeremiah 23:1-6, Luke 1:68-79, Colossians 1;11-20, Luke 23:33-43 In many congregations, Christ the King or the Reign of Christ Sunday will be celebrated this Sunday. Pentecost, beginning with the coming of God’s Spirit in its fullness on the Feast of Pentecost, will conclude [Read More…]

An Election Day Prayer

God all of peoples, we give thanks to you on this Election Day. We thank you for the United States of America, for those who sacrificed their lives and fortunes for our freedoms, for bravery in the quest for human rights, for immigrants who built our nation, and first Americans who welcomed pilgrims from a [Read More…]

A Meditation for Election Eve

An Election Eve Meditation It would be an understatement to admit that many of us are feeling anxious tonight. We have lived through months of the most contentious presidential election in recent history. We have witnessed bullying, allegations of sexual assault, racist statements, violence at political rallies, and accusations of improper handling of classified information. [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – November 13, 2016 – Pentecost 26

The Adventurous Lectionary – November 13, 2016 – Pentecost 26 Isaiah 65:17-25 and Isaiah 13 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 Luke 21:5-19 Today’s lectionary passages seem tailor-made for the Sunday after Election Day. There will be celebration, gnashing of teeth, shouts of jubilation, and complaints of dishonesty. Election days matter – politics matters – both to our [Read More…]

Pause Awhile, So You Can Move Forward: Responding to Rob Fuquay’s “Take the Flag”

There is a story about an expedition across an African jungle. The African porters and their European employers had gone several days without any rest. The Europeans had a goal and a time line. But, they were astounded when one morning, the porters decided to rest. They simply wouldn’t pick up their luggage and supplies [Read More…]

Is God in the House? A Response to Virginia Foxx’s “God is in the House”

Virginia Foxx’s “God in the House” presents a tapestry of testimonies by present and former members of the House of Representatives. [Read more…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 25 – November 6, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost – November 6, 2016 Haggai 1:15b-2:9 Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 Luke 20:27-38 “Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive,” so ends a cryptic exchange between Jesus and the Sadducees. Resurrection, rebirth, [Read More…]

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…]