The Seven Deadly Sins and the Grace of Interdependence


If you ever have to read a book about the seven deadly sins, I urge you to read Lawrence S. Cunningham’s The Seven Deadly Sins: A Visitor’s Guide.  What these sins have in common is that they are all about the individual involved – “enough about you; what about me!” To use Luther’s language, they curve [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Advent 4


Lectionary Reflections for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 23, 2012 Micah 5:2-5a; Psalm 80:1-7; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-55 On occasion, I will be asked the question, “When does life begin?” by a curious or confrontational inquisitor.  Such questioners are often surprised when I respond, “Oh, about 14 billion years ago.”  My response, while occasionally startling, is intended [Read More...]

Revelation and the Open Canon: A Process-Relational Perspective on Mormon Theology


For many Christians, it goes without saying that God’s ultimate and final revelation is contained in the words of Scripture, the Old and New Testaments. Nothing needs to be added for our awareness of God, doctrine, or spiritual edification. They believe that all further revelation is qualitatively inferior and different in kind from holy scripture- [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Advent 3

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Lectionary Reflections: The Third Sunday of Advent December 16, 2012   Christmas is coming!  Joy is in the air!  Today’s scriptures center around joy, but joy is the result of spiritual practices not hedonism or accidental good fortune.  As improbable as it may seem, the irenic Philippians and the bombastic John the Baptist have much [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Advent 2


Lectionary Reflections on The Second Sunday of Advent: December 9, 2012 Malachi 3:1-4; Luke 1:68-79; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6 This week’s lectionary explores the many faces of divine providence.  Providence can be gentle and incremental, as described in Philippians, but it can also be challenging and abrupt, calling for an immediate decision, as Luke describes John the Baptist’s message.  [Read More...]

Worshipping Different Gods!


A few years back, at a Gay Pride Event in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, I ironically stated to a protester, “May God forgive you for what you’re doing.” Rather quick on his feet, he responded, “We worship different gods.” As I walked away, I wondered if, in his own way, he had stated a theological dilemma that [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The First Sunday of Advent


The Adventurous Lectionary for December 2, 2012 The First Sunday of Advent Jeremiah 33:14-16 Psalm 25:1-10 I Thessalonians 3:9-13 Luke 21-25-36 As a high school senior in 1969, one of my favorite songs was Chicago Transit Authority’s (aka Chicago) “Does Anybody Really Know What Time it Is?”   I can still remember the words: Does anybody [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The Reign of Christ Sunday


Lectionary Reflections for the last Sunday after Pentecost: The Reign of Christ November 25, 2012 Celebrating Christ the King Sunday seems anachronistic in a pluralistic age, in which many Christians no longer subscribe to imperialistic, supercessionist, or inclusivist theologies which either deny truth and salvation to persons of other faiths or see these faiths as [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The 25th Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary Reflections for Sunday, November 18, 2012  I Samuel 1:4-20; Psalm 113; Hebrews 10:11-14, 19-25; Mark 13:1-8 In his reflections on death in a technological age, psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton states that one of the primary images of immortality is biological, the need to leave a mark through our children and their descendants.  As a grandparent, I [Read More...]

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...]