The Adventurous Lectionary for February 9, 2014

Lectionary Reflections for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany – February 9, 2014 Isaiah 58: 1-9a Psalm 112:1-10 I Corinthians 2:1-16 Matthew 5:13-20 Today’s scripture passages discuss the nature of personal and communal spirituality.  The Hebraic and early Christian traditions, from which our scriptures emerged, see the individual and community as profoundly interdependent.  Communities as [Read More...]

Knowing Too Much and Sharing Too Little: A Response to Death at the Movies: Hollywood’s Guide to the Hereafter

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A Response to Death at the Movies: Hollywood’s Guide to the Hereafter, by Lyn and Tom Davis Genelli Death at the Movies is a tour through cinematic images of the afterlife. Movies and television programs both reflect and shape our opinions and interests.  One area of great interest in recent years is the nature of the [Read More...]

If the Reformation is Always Reforming, Should the Revolution be Always Revolving?

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A Conversation with Edward Gilbreath’s Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Epic Challenge to the Church  The parents of the Protestant Reformation asserted that the reformation is always reforming.  Although the children of the Reformation often became mired in issues of biblical inerrancy, the second coming, divine predestination, and the scope of salvation, there is [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – February 2, 2014

Lectionary Reflections on the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany – February 2, 2014 Micah 6:1-8 Psalm 15 I Corinthians 1:18-31 Matthew 5:1-12 Today’s scriptures turn our social norms upside down.  The race is not always to the swift.  The powerful don’t always win.  Independence is a vice, and interdependence a virtue. Micah charts this week’s [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary for January 26, 2014

Lectionary Reflections for Sunday, January 26, 2014 Isaiah 9:1-4 ; Psalm 27:1, 4-9; I Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23 Today’s readings capture the spirit of the magi. Following the star, they find Jesus. The light of the Christ Child still shines are guides the way of pilgrims and those who struggle with personal and communal dis-ease. [Read More...]

The Elvis in All of Us: Responding to “The Seeker King: The Spirituality Biography of Elvis Presley”

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There is a saying, “God is like Elvis, you see God everywhere.” In light of Gary Tillery’s The Seeker King, we might say “We are like Elvis, you’ll see us everywhere.”  Elvis Presley once admitted, “All I want is to know the truth, to know and experience God. I’m a searcher, that’s what I’m all about.”  [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The Second Sunday after Epiphany – January 19, 2014

Lectionary Reflections on The Second Sunday after the Epiphany  Sunday, January 19, 2014   Isaiah 49:1-7 Psalm 40:1-11 I Corinthians 1:1-9 John 1:29-42 What does it mean to be “chosen” by God?  Images of vocation and call are often as problematic as helpful, personally and theologically.  Often they are used to exclude some and elevate others [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The Baptism of Jesus – January 12, 2014

Lectionary Reflections on The Baptism of Jesus for January 12, 2014 Isaiah 42:1-9 Psalm  29 Acts 10:34-43  (preferred reading Acts 10:1-23, 34-35, 44-48) Matthew 3:13-17 This Sunday we celebrate the life-transforming power of baptism.  While baptism is not necessary for salvation, it is a sign of God’s grace and opens the door for experiencing a [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Epiphany Sunday, January 5, 2014

Lectionary Reflections on Epiphany Sunday – January 5, 2014 Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 Ephesians 3:1-12 Matthew 2:1-12 Some congregations will choose to celebrate Epiphany Sunday on January 5, using the readings assigned for the feast of the Epiphany.  This sets the stage for the expansive spirit of Epiphany. Epiphany affirms that God’s revelation is [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Saved by an Intimate God – The First Sunday of Christmas – December 29, 2013

Lectionary Reflections for the First Sunday of Christmas – December 29, 2013 Isaiah 63:7-9 Psalm 148 Hebrews 2:10-18 Matthew 2:13-23 Salvation is global as well as individual.  This vision is at the heart of the incarnation. The world is saved one person – one creature – at a time.  God’s healing initiative is everywhere and [Read More...]