The Adventurous Lectionary -The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 11, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary -The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 11, 2016 Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 Psalm 14 I Timothy 1:12-17 Luke 15:1-10 Today’s readings speak of being lost and finding your way home. Nations as well as persons can be lost. Our behaviors and lifestyle can destroy the planet and future generations. Yet, God seeks [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – September 4, 2016 – Pentecost 16

The Adventurous Lectionary – September 4, 2016 – Pentecost 16 Jeremiah 18:1-11 Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 Philemon 1:1-21 Luke 14:25-33 Today’s readings are challenging to our theology as well as our economics and socially-accepted values. No preacher can feel entirely comfortable reading, writing, or preaching these texts. Jeremiah’s vision of the divine potter has done a [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 15 – August 28, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 15 – August 28, 2016 Jeremiah 2:4-13; Psalm 81:1,10-16; Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16.; Luke14:1, 7-14 As summer ends, the political season is heating up. Church life takes on a renewed urgency and after a summer’s lull, decisions need to be made. We are tempted to separate the world in terms of [Read More…]

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…]