The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 14 – August 21, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 14 – August 21, 2016 Jeremiah 1:4-10 Psalm 71:1-6 Hebrews 12:18-29 Luke 13:10-17 This week, we ponder God’s providential love that breaks through every barrier. God is willing to give us more than we can ask or imagine. We need to open our hands to receive the fullness of divine [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost – August 14, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost – August 14, 2016 Isaiah 5:1-7 Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 Hebrews 11:29-12:2 Luke 12:49-56 What are we to do with this week’s readings? There is already enough polarization, and these readings seem to fuel the flame. People argue and condemn each other on social media. A handful [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost – August 7, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost – August 7, 2016 Isaiah 1:1, 10-20; Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23; Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16; Luke 12:22-30 God invites us to be the change we want to see in the world. Too often, we have let the world squeeze us into its mold, allowing our imaginations to be [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost – July 31, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost – July 31, 2016 Hosea 11:1-11 Psalm 107:1-9, 43 Colossians 3:1-11 Luke 12:13-21 In his classic text on the prophets, Abraham Joshua Heschel asserts that the prophet’s passion is energized by her or his vision of the divine pathos. The prophetic God is passionate for justice and [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Tenth Sunday of Pentecost – July 24, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – Tenth Sunday of Pentecost – July 24, 2016 Hosea 1:2-10 Psalm 85 Colossians 2:6-19 Luke 11:1-19 The lens through which on which I am focusing today is Jesus’ description of God’s relationship with the world found in Luke 11:13: “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost – July 17, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost – July 17, 2016 Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42 No doubt you’ve seen the battle of bumper stickers. A popular evangelical bumper sticker proclaims, “Honk, if you love Jesus.” To which a contrasting bumper sticker responds, “If you love Jesus, seek justice. Any [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Eighth Sunday After Pentecost – July 10, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Eighth Sunday After Pentecost – July 10, 2016 Amos 7:7-17 Psalm 82 Colossians 1:1-14 Luke 10:25-37 In today’s readings, it appears that God has a preferential option for the vulnerable and marginalized, for those we disregard or pass by. God loves everyone, even the oppressor, but God has a special [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary -The Seventh Sunday in Pentecost – July 3, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary -The Seventh Sunday in Pentecost – July 3, 2016 2 Kings 5:1-14 Psalm 30 Galatians 6:7-16 Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 The encounter of Elisha and Naaman is at the heart of today’s scriptures. It could be titled, “the healing you need is right in front of you,” or in a lighter vein, “healing [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost – June 26, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost – June 26, 2016 2 Kings 2:1-4, 6-14; Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20; Galatians 5:1, 13-25; Luke 9:51-62 Today’s readings ask us to launch out in new directions of faithfulness to God. They ask us to believe great things and trust God to work creatively and redemptively in [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – June 19, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – June 19, 2016 I Kings 19:1-15a Psalm 42 and 43 Galatians 3:23-29 Luke 8:26-39 You are now entering the spiritual twilight zone. The Old Testament and Gospel readings introduce us to the paranormal. Elijah encounters an angelic being and experiences God in sheer silence. Jesus [Read More…]