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...]

The Adventurous Lectionary -Lent 4

The Fourth Sunday in Lent – March 18, 2012 Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21 The Fourth Sunday in Lent is theological treasure trove, where the preacher can discover some of the best and worst of Jewish and Christian images of God.  All in all, the passages from today’s readings, even those [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Lent 3

The Third Sunday in Lent – March 11, 2012 Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; I Corinthians 1:18-25; John  2:13-22 Last week, my wife and I took our eighteen month old grandson to the planetarium at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum.  My grandson loves stars and the moon and points them out to me every evening when we’re [Read More...]