The Adventurous Lectionary: Advent 2


Lectionary Reflections on The Second Sunday of Advent: December 9, 2012 Malachi 3:1-4; Luke 1:68-79; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6 This week’s lectionary explores the many faces of divine providence.  Providence can be gentle and incremental, as described in Philippians, but it can also be challenging and abrupt, calling for an immediate decision, as Luke describes John the Baptist’s message.  [Read More...]

Worshipping Different Gods!


A few years back, at a Gay Pride Event in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, I ironically stated to a protester, “May God forgive you for what you’re doing.” Rather quick on his feet, he responded, “We worship different gods.” As I walked away, I wondered if, in his own way, he had stated a theological dilemma that [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The First Sunday of Advent


The Adventurous Lectionary for December 2, 2012 The First Sunday of Advent Jeremiah 33:14-16 Psalm 25:1-10 I Thessalonians 3:9-13 Luke 21-25-36 As a high school senior in 1969, one of my favorite songs was Chicago Transit Authority’s (aka Chicago) “Does Anybody Really Know What Time it Is?”   I can still remember the words: Does anybody [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The Reign of Christ Sunday


Lectionary Reflections for the last Sunday after Pentecost: The Reign of Christ November 25, 2012 Celebrating Christ the King Sunday seems anachronistic in a pluralistic age, in which many Christians no longer subscribe to imperialistic, supercessionist, or inclusivist theologies which either deny truth and salvation to persons of other faiths or see these faiths as [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The 25th Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary Reflections for Sunday, November 18, 2012  I Samuel 1:4-20; Psalm 113; Hebrews 10:11-14, 19-25; Mark 13:1-8 In his reflections on death in a technological age, psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton states that one of the primary images of immortality is biological, the need to leave a mark through our children and their descendants.  As a grandparent, I [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: 24th Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary Reflections for November 11, 2012  Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17; Psalm 42; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44 This week’s lectionary readings deal with some of the most important energies of life – the energy of romance, conception, and sexuality; the energy of money and its proper use; the energetic quest for God in a difficult time; and the energetic field [Read More...]

Moving Toward a Vision

Presidential elections are about the hopes of a people.  They also chart a direction toward   a people’s future.  They involve the creative interplay of images, intentions, and actions. Without a vision, a people will perish both spiritually and corporately. While scripture does not detail public policy initiatives, I see the biblical witness as characterized by [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: 23rd Sunday after Pentecost

The Adventurous Lectionary – November 4, 2012 – Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost Ruth 1:1-18 Psalm 146 Hebrews 9:11-14 Mark 12:28-34 This Sunday’s lectionary readings are appropriate for the Sunday before Election Day in the USA.  They provide an alternative to the current xenophobia and divisiveness that characterizes much of todays’ fear-based political dialogue.  It [Read More...]

Cloud Atlas, Interdependence, and Quantum Entanglement

Last night, I spent nearly three hours enthralled by the movie adaptation of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas.  As a process theologian, whose work has been influenced by the philosophies of Alfred North Whitehead and Charles Hartshorne, the film’s portrayal of quantum entanglement, what Einstein described as “spooky action at a distance” reflects my own vision [Read More...]

Is a Bad God Better than No God at All?


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...]