The Adventurous Lectionary: The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary Reflections: The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Sunday June 24, 2012 1 Samuel 17:32-49; 17: 57-18:5, 10-16; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41 I recall hearing a definition of courage as “fear that has said its prayers.”  Today’s passages speak of the interplay of courage and faith.  Those who experience the nearness of God are able to face [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The Third Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary Reflections for the Third Sunday after Pentecost (June 17, 2012) I Samuel 15:34-16:13; Psalm 20; I Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17; Mark 4:26-34 This Sunday’s lectionary readings describe the surprising and unexpected revelations of God.  God is not a homogenous force, evenly distributing revelation across the universe.  Rather, divine revelation and inspiration are contextual, historical, and [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Second Sunday After Pentecost

Lectionary Reflections: Second Sunday After Pentecost June 10, 2012 I Samuel 8:4-15; 11:14-15; Psalm 138; 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35 Today’s lectionary readings integrate concerns for just leadership, alignment with divine law, and the extent of grace in transforming our lives.  Despite the reality of human freedom, creativity, and God forgetfulness, God’s power is all-embracing [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Trinity Sunday

Lectionary Reflections for Trinity Sunday, June 3, 2012 Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17 For the third Sunday in a row, we are reflecting on some of the most challenging and provocative themes in Christian experience – the Ascension of Jesus, Pentecost, and now the Holy Trinity.  The Trinity is only an occasional theme in progressive [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Pentecost Sunday

Reflections on Pentecost Sunday Acts 2:1-21 Psalm 104:24-34, 35b Romans 8:22-27 John 15:26-27; 16:4-15 Pentecost Sunday celebrates the many and varied expressions of God’s love and wisdom.  The divine dancer moves through all creation bringing forth life and love and inspiration.  Fire and wind are everywhere. Inspiration and revelation are just a moment away and [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Ascension Sunday

Lectionary Reflections for Ascension Sunday, May 20, 2012 Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 (include Acts 1:6-14): Psalm 1: I John 5:9-13: John 17:6-19 Today’s passages are an invitation to experience the intimacy of God in our daily tasks.  Our vocations emerge from our encounters in this world and are fulfilled in following God’s way in our lives.  We don’t need [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Reflections for May 13, 2012

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Lectionary Reflections for May 13, 2012 Acts 10:44-48 (context Acts 10:1-23); Psalm 98; I John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17 This Sunday’s readings continue the theme of connection and interdependence.  They proclaim a “metaphysics of love” in which love characterizes God’s nature and the behavior of Jesus’ followers.  The great commandment, love God and your neighbor, transforms everything we do.  [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Flourishing with God

Lectionary Reflections for May 6, 2012 Acts 8:26-40 Psalm 22:25-31 I John 4:7-21 John 15:1-8 Today’s passages call us to adventurous growth and creativity.  We are the fruitful agents and companions of a fruitful and lively God.  Faithfulness to God invites us to push beyond our comfort zones, claim our agency, and contribute to the [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Living a Holy Week

Holy Week is a lifetime in miniature.  It goes from celebration to conflict, betrayal, suspense, and then back to a celebration that lasts a lifetime.  As the commercial says, “life comes at you fast,” and so does Holy Week.  We almost need a month to let the events of Holy Week sink in spiritually and [Read More...]

Adventurous Lectionary – Lent 5 – March 25

The Fifth Sunday in Lent Jeremiah31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-12; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33 With holy week on the horizon, this Sunday’s readings are soul-full in nature.  They call us to align ourselves with God’s vision for our lives.  God’s vision is not externally imposed but emerges out of the depths of our spirit.  The goal of [Read More...]