The Adventurous Lectionary for August 11: The Gift of an Uneasy Conscience

Today’s readings describe impossible possibilities.  Isaiah challenges the people to go from apathy to awareness and transform their worship from ritual to justice-seeking.  Hebrews tells the story of Abraham and Sarah following God’s promises that, although they are childless, they will become the parents of a nation.  Jesus asks his followers to stay awake in every season of [Read More…]

Divine Violence and the Quest for a Non-violent Faith

I applaud Preston Sprinkle’s Fight: A Christian Case for Nonviolence.  He presents a timely word to Christians who wrap the Bible in the American flag and support the USA’s military adventurism, when led by Republican presidents, whole-heartedly, claiming divine sanction for our militaristic policies.  His words invite us to take a second look at violence as a way [Read More…]

Simplicity and Abundance: A Response to Mark Scandrette’s “Free”

Mark Scandrette’s Free: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most is a testimony to simple living. It is also, to the surprise of some readers, I suspect, a hymn to abundant life.  The heart of the text can be found in Scandrette’s Prayer of Abundance (23), in which the affirmation that we are cared [Read More…]

A God of Personality and Possibility: A Dialogue with Darren Wilson’s “Finding God in the Bible”

Darren Wilson’s book explores what it means to have a personal relationship to God and, more importantly, what it means for God to have a personal relationship to us. This is the best of evangelical popular theology taken to its theological and experiential conclusions. [Read more…]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Personality and Transpersonality — August 4, 2013

Thank God that we can “know” God; but thank God also that God is shrouded in unfathomable mystery. In the liveliness of faith, we need both intimacy and prophetic distance. [Read more…]

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…]