Is a Bad God Better than No God at All?

richardmourdock

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...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The 18th Sunday After Pentecost

Lectionary Reflections for Sunday, September 30, 2012 Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22; Psalm 124; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50 Today’s readings focus on healing and protection.  Neither of these entirely comes from God, but involve our agency as well as divine creativity and care. Left to its own devices and apart from context, the reading from Esther is confusing.  It [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The 17th Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary Reflections for Sunday, September 30, 2012 Proverbs 31:10-31; Psalm 1; James 3:13-4:3, 7-a; Mark 9:30-37 One of my approaches to the lectionary is to counsel preachers that “if you read a passage, and it’s challenging, you need to include the passage in your sermon.”  Too often, troubling passages – or simply unusual passages – are read in [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The 16th Sunday after Pentecost

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 16, 2012 Proverbs 1:20-33 Psalm 19 James 3:1-12 Mark 8:27-38 Wisdom speaks, but is anyone listening?  Wisdom cries out hoping for a response, but does anyone care?  The whole universe is speaking forth the glory of God and the wisdom of divine creativity, but [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The 15th Sunday After Pentecost

Lectionary  Reflections for September 9, 2012 Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23; Psalm 125; James 2:1-10, 14-17; Mark 7:24-27 Today’s lectionary readings break down the barriers of rich and poor, insider and outsider, and body and spirit.  The quest for healing and wholeness embraces all of life, and healing in one place contributes to healing in other places.  We cannot separate [Read More...]


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