The Adventurous Lectionary – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 27, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 27, 2015 Esther 7:1-6, 9-10: 9:20-22 Psalm 124 James 5:13-20 Mark 9:38-50 This week, the theme is healing. God heals in many ways and through diverse people. There is no one healing path or modality, nor does any particular religious or medical tradition have a [Read More...]

Finding Spirituality in Suffering: Heather King’s “Stripped”

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Stripped, Heather King’s new memoir on faith in the midst of a cancer diagnosis, brought to mind words from Viktor Frankl: “There is one thing I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings.” Pain and illness, loss and persecution, are moral and spiritual issues. They may drive us away from God. We may seek revenge on [Read More...]

Wherever There is Truth, God is its Source: On ‘The Gospel of Happiness’

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Book Reflection: The Gospel of Happiness by Christopher Kaczor Can science and faith work together for the common good? Are the aims of psychology and theology similar in nature? Can psychology illuminate theology and theology support human flourishing as envisioned by psychology? Christopher Kaczor once saw faith and psychology as inhabiting two different and parallel [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 20, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 20, 2015 Proverbs 31:1-10 Psalm 1 James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a Mark 9:30-37 Today’s scriptures invite us to explore what it means to be attuned to God’s vision for your life. Divine wisdom involves reflection on our relationships in the family and in the larger community. [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 13, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 13, 2015 Proverbs 1:20-33 Psalm 19 James 3:1-12 Mark 8:27-38 Wisdom is at the heart of today’s readings. We are challenged to align ourselves with God’s wisdom in our daily lives and let divine wisdom motivate our words and actions. There are times, however, [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 15 – September 6, 2015 Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 15 – September 6, 2015 Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 Psalm 125 James 2:1-17 Mark 7:24-37 God’s realm breaks down the barriers of friend and stranger and rich and poor and invites us to do likewise. God’s children deserve our reverence and respect, and this is revealed in our political advocacy [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 14 – August 30, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 14 – August 30, 2015. Song of Solomon 2:8-13 Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 James 1:17-27 Mark 7:1-18, 14-15, 21-23 Today’s readings celebrate the “beauty of holiness” and join concern for the inner life with care for external behaviors. They celebrate love in its many forms – romance, justice-seeking, care for the [Read More...]

Within The Trauma, A Blessing: Reba Riley’s “Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome”

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Biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann describes three interconnected moods in the Psalms – psalms of orientation, celebration of the goodness of life and our current blessed personal and social location; psalms of disorientation, lamentations when things fall apart and the future is dim; and new orientation, the joy of healing and recovery, in which things never [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 13 – August 23, 2015

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Lectionary Reflections Ephesians 6:10-20 Sunday, August 23, 2015 This week, I am focusing solely on Ephesians 6:10-20. We need to face the challenges of our time with spiritual integrity and trust in the unwavering grace of God. We need to surround ourselves and the threats that face us and our planet with deep and abiding [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost – August 16, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost – August 16, 2015 I Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 Psalm 111 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58 If a genie came to you and granted three wishes, what would they be? In this passage, God is not as generous as the genie, God gives only one wish, but God [Read More...]


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