The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday after Pentecost – May 29, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday after Pentecost – May 29, 2016 I Kings 18:20-39 Psalm 96 Galatians 1:1-12 Luke 7:1-10 What is your ultimate concern? Will you choose life or death, God or idols? Will you follow the path of Jesus or the wayward meanderings of materialism, individualism, and xenophobia? Will you open [Read More…]

Does the Pursuing God Ever Stop Pursuing?

Like any loving parent or grandparent, God will not quit pursuing us – or loving us. Not even death can hinder God’s pursuit, for nothing can separate us from the graceful and pursuing love of God. [Read more…]

Balancing Self Interest and World Loyalty: On Dee Dee Risher’s ‘Soulmaking Room’

This post is part of a conversation on the new book The Soul-Making Room by Dee Dee Risher, for the Patheos Book Club. Philosopher Alfred North Whitehead claims that religion, at its best, aims at world loyalty. It begins, as the philosopher notes, with solitude, with our own personal experiences of the holy and the privacy [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Trinity Sunday – May 22, 2016

Trinity Sunday – May 22, 2016 Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15 After the fireworks of Pentecost, Trinity Sunday seems like a bit of a letdown. Functionally speaking, most mainline, liberal, and progressive Christians are Unitarian in spirit, if not theology. Although we recite the creeds from time to time, the doctrine [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost Sunday – May 15, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost Sunday – May 15, 2016 Acts 2:1-21 Psalm 104:24-34, 35b Romans 8:14-17 John 14:8-17, (25-27) Like Easter and Christmas, the Pentecost preacher is presented with a scripture that is so familiar that he or she wonders if anything new can be said. Moreover, Pentecost is an anachronistic festival in many [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Seventh Sunday of Easter – May 8, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Seventh Sunday of Easter – May 8, 2016 Acts 16:16-34 Psalm 97 Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 John 17:20-26 As I read the story of Paul and Silas singing and praying in prison, I am reminded of the traditional hymn “How Can I Keep From Singing.” My life flows on in [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Seventh Sunday of Easter – May 8, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Seventh Sunday of Easter – May 8, 2016 Acts 16:16-34 Psalm 97 Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 John 17:20-26 As I read the story of Paul and Silas singing and praying in prison, I am reminded of the traditional hymn “How Can I Keep From Singing.” My life flows on in [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 1, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 1, 2016 Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10; 21:22-22:5; John 5:1-9 Today’s readings join vision, spiritual transformation, and healing, and call persons to become everyday mystics. When we respond to God’s visions for us, we claim God’s healing touch and bring healing to ourselves [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fifth Sunday of Easter – April 24, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fifth Sunday of Easter – April 24, 2016 Acts 11:1-18 Psalm 148 Revelation 21:1-6 John 13:31-35 On Earth Day Weekend, the adventurous preacher would do well to reflect on the widest images of divine revelation. Often our faith has been parochial, xenophobic, and anthropocentric. We privilege our brand of spirituality [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fourth Sunday of Easter – April 17, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fourth Sunday of Easter – April 17, 2016 Acts 9:36-43 Psalm 23 Revelation 7:9-17 John 10:22-30 What gives us the power to confront the inevitable and necessary losses and challenges of life? What enables us to go through the valley of the shadow of death, when there is no way [Read More…]


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