Adventurous Lectionary – September 7, 2014 – Pentecost 13

The Adventurous Lectionary – September 7, 2014 – The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Bruce G. Epperly Exodus 12:1-14 Psalm 149 Romans 13:8-14 Matthew 18:15 This week’s scriptures raise issues of divine violence and exclusion as well as God’s protective safety.   Like many important religious feasts, the celebration of Passover is shrouded in mystery and ethical [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – August 24, 2014

The Adventurous Lectionary – August 24, 2014- Eleventh Sunday after the Pentecost Exodus 1:8-2:10 Psalm 124 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20 Today’s readings invite us to ponder our unique vocations and relationship with God. Our gifts shape and are shaped by the community of Christ. In living out our gifts, we share in God’s vision of [Read More...]

Reconciliation and Grace: The Adventurous Lectionary for August 17, 2014

Lectionary Reflections for August 17, 2014 – The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Genesis 45:1-15 Psalm 133 Romans 11:1-2a, 29-31 Matthew 15: 21-28 Today’s readings join reconciliation and grace. They call us to a spirituality of stature that embraces those who have harmed us and persons of other faiths and ethnicities. Largeness of spirit looks for [Read More...]

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...]

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

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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...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: June 29, 2014

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Lectionary Reflecions for the Third Sunday after Pentecost June 29, 2014 Genesis 22:1-14 Psalm 13 Jeremiah 28:5-9 Romans 6:12-23 Matthew 10:40-42 This week’s stories are all challenging. We need to take exception to the story of Abraham and Isaac to be faithful to the God of grace. Following Christ is ultimately about a life-giving lifestyle, [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary for June 22, 2014

Lectionary Reflections for the Second Sunday After Pentecost – June 22, 2014 Genesis 21:8-21 Psalm 81:1-10, 16-17 Romans 6:1b-11 Matthew 10:24-39 God is faithful and invites us to look beyond our own resources and self-interest to a larger vision of life.  When trouble surrounds us, we are not alone; God is with us.  These affirmations [Read More...]


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