A Meditation for Election Eve

An Election Eve Meditation It would be an understatement to admit that many of us are feeling anxious tonight. We have lived through months of the most contentious presidential election in recent history. We have witnessed bullying, allegations of sexual assault, racist statements, violence at political rallies, and accusations of improper handling of classified information. [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – November 13, 2016 – Pentecost 26

The Adventurous Lectionary – November 13, 2016 – Pentecost 26 Isaiah 65:17-25 and Isaiah 13 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 Luke 21:5-19 Today’s lectionary passages seem tailor-made for the Sunday after Election Day. There will be celebration, gnashing of teeth, shouts of jubilation, and complaints of dishonesty. Election days matter – politics matters – both to our [Read More…]

Pause Awhile, So You Can Move Forward: Responding to Rob Fuquay’s “Take the Flag”

There is a story about an expedition across an African jungle. The African porters and their European employers had gone several days without any rest. The Europeans had a goal and a time line. But, they were astounded when one morning, the porters decided to rest. They simply wouldn’t pick up their luggage and supplies [Read More…]

Is God in the House? A Response to Virginia Foxx’s “God is in the House”

Virginia Foxx’s “God in the House” presents a tapestry of testimonies by present and former members of the House of Representatives. [Read more…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 25 – November 6, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost – November 6, 2016 Haggai 1:15b-2:9 Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 Luke 20:27-38 “Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive,” so ends a cryptic exchange between Jesus and the Sadducees. Resurrection, rebirth, [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 24 – October 30, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost – October 30, 2016 Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4; Psalm 119:137-144, II Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12; Luke 19:1-10 Today’s scriptures invite us to consider the issue of spiritual stature or size. In one of his essays, “S-I-Z-E is the Measure,” process theologian Bernard Loomer describes spiritual stature as follows: “By [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – October 23, 2016 – October 23, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost – October 23, 2016 Joel 2:22-32; Psalm 65; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14 God have mercy! This is the beginning and end of the spiritual journey. The tax collector’s prayer alerts us to the dynamic interdependence of life. There are no self-made persons. No one can [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – October 16, 2016 – The Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost Jeremiah 31:27-34; Psalm 119:97-14; 2 Timothy 3:15-4:5; Luke 18:1-8. How shall we understand the divine order of the universe? Is there a divine law that undergirds the universe and human life? Is this law inflexible or relational? Are the laws of [Read More…]

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The Adventurous Lectionary – October 9, 2016 – The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

The Adventurous Lectionary – October 9, 2016 – The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c, Psalm 111, 2 Timothy 2:8-15, Luke 17:1-19 With its focus on two healing stories, today’s readings could be described by the phrase “the healing you need is right in front of you.” God’s healing presence abounds. In a [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – October 2, 2016 – Pentecost 20

The Adventurous Lectionary – October 2, 2016 – Pentecost 20 Lamentations 3:19-26, Psalm 137, 2 Timothy 1:1-14, Luke 17:5-10 The scriptures this week, in varying degrees, affirm God’s fidelity despite life’s challenges. While today, many people want experiential religion – and this is important – experiential religion needs to be balanced by a vision of [Read More…]