The Adventurous Lectionary – August 10, 2014

Lectionary Reflections for  August 10, 2014  Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b Romans 10:5-15 Matthew 14:22-33 This week’s readings are about God’s safekeeping of fallible, wayward, and mortal humanity. God responds to all who call upon God. God wishes to save persons in distress; in this we can have faith. Still, we must ponder [Read More…]

Listening for the Still, Small Voice: Reflections on Kristen Vincent’s book “A Bead and a Prayer”

“God was not in the wind…God was not in the earthquake…God was not in the fire; and after the fire, the sound of sheer silence.” (I Kings 19:11-12) We are people, used to noise and constant communication that often fragments and distracts rather than unites and focuses. At my local Cape Cod market, I sing [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary for July 27, 2014 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Does God give us what we want? Does God speak personally to us, inviting us to share our deepest desires and then receive our heart’s desires? Does God truly reach out intimately to us, inviting us to deeper levels of faith? [Read more…]

Big Enough Desires? Reflections on Jen Pollock Michel’s “Teach Us to Want”

Jen Pollock Michel’s Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition, and the Life of Faith is an honest and insightful book, born of her own experience of responding to the legion of desires characteristic of daily life as a mother, spouse, and professional seeking to be faithful to God’s call. She invites us to explore the [Read More…]

On Families and Faith: A Response to Mary Eberstadt’s “How the West Really Lost God”

Our congregations should make families key to our ministries, but we should support the health of families regardless of their constitution. [Read more…]

Saints Everywhere: On Brandon Vogt’s “Saints and Social Justice”

Although I am a progressive Protestant and by inclination feel some discomfort in setting apart certain people as saints, I found Brandon Vogt’s Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World is an inspiring book. While many of the stories of saints belong more to legend than fact, what shines through is that [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – July 6, 2014 – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary Reflections for July 6, 2014  Romans 7:15-25a Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 “Come to me all who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” These authoritative words from Jesus serve as God’s response to Paul’s, and our own, inner turmoil and ethical angst. Jesus speaks out of his unique relationship [Read More…]