The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Lectionary Reflections for the Fourth Sunday of Easter – April 21, 2013 A Love that is Stronger than Death Acts 9:36-43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30 Death holds great sway over our lives.  One of my college professors Peter Koestenbaum, some forty years ago, asserted that the fear of death lies behind our lack of nerve and failure [Read More…]

Spiritual and Religious: A Recipe for Joy!

As I read Robin Davis’ new book, “Recipe for Joy,” I was reminded of a saying from Augustine’s Confessions: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until we find our rest in you.” [Read more…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Third Sunday of Easter

Revelation opens us to prepare for April 21’s Earth Day celebrations. The whole Earth is filled with God’s glory, all things reveal divinity, and salvation relates to the non-human as well as the human world. [Read more…]

Why I Am a Christian

To be a follower of Jesus opens me to truth, wisdom, and healing everywhere, and wherever I find truth and healing, it is shaped by the life and teaching of Jesus the Christ. [Read more…]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Second Sunday of Easter

Low Sunday – the Sunday following Easter – can be a spiritual high. We can breathe the energy of creation’s praises and feel Jesus giving us spiritual CPR for the journey. [Read more…]

Holy Saturday: Living in the Liminal

Holy Saturday is a day in which nothing happens, nothing is guaranteed, and nothing hoped for. [Read more…]

God Loves Somebody Like Me: A Reflection on the Dynamics of Holy Week

Before there was a cross, there was the love that brought forth the universe, evolved galaxies, and moved through each conception. God’s eye is on the sparrow, the lilies of the field, and us. [Read more…]

Jesus, Mary of Magdala, and the Pluralistic Resurrection

I believe that Jesus’ resurrection revealed a “deeper law of nature,” a greater influx of energy, congruent with the energies of the universe that brought forth the “big bang” and the births of galaxies and planets. [Read more…]

A Progressive Good Friday?

What do you do with Good Friday and the Cross when you’ve abandoned the doctrine of substitutionary atonement and the divine necessity of Jesus’ death? [Read more…]

The Seven Last Words of Christ: A Progressive Vision

When I recently told a colleague that I was writing a brief piece on the Seven Last Words – or Seven Sayings – of Christ, he responded: “Isn’t that a bit old school, Bruce?  Why bother with something that is obviously inaccurate and outmoded in terms of current theology?”  His response gave me pause, but I [Read More…]