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March 28, 2016
Seeing and Believing: The Lectionary for the Second Sunday of Easter
Acts 5:27-32 What It’s About: Of the four gospels in the New Testament canon, only Luke...
March 19, 2016
Show and Tell: The Lectionary for Easter Sunday
There are lots of choices this week--which makes sense, because it's a pretty big day...
March 14, 2016
Kings and Servants: The Lectionary for Palm Sunday and Passion Sunday
There are two ways to go on the Sunday before Easter. One is to celebrate...
March 07, 2016
Old and New Ways: The Lectionary for the Fifth Sunday of Lent
Isaiah 43:16-21 What It’s About: This is a recapitulation of the exodus from Egypt--a remembering of...
February 29, 2016
Lost and Found: The Lectionary for the Fourth Sunday of Lent
Joshua 5:9-12 What It’s About: This is the story of the first passover celebrated after leaving...
February 22, 2016
Water from Rocks and Figs from Manure: The Lectionary for the Third Sunday of Lent
Isaiah 55:1-9 What It’s About: I see in this passage two major focus points: the present and...
February 16, 2016
Chekhov’s Gun and the Lenten Journey: The Lectionary for the Second Sunday of Lent
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 What It’s About: This is God's covenant with Abraham (nee Abram), which...
February 08, 2016
Fruits and Temptations: the Lectionary for the First Sunday of Lent
Deuteronomy 26:1-11 What It’s About: This passage operates on several levels. It's an institution of...
February 01, 2016
Mountaintop Experiences: The Lectionary for the Last Sunday of Epiphany
Exodus 34:29-35 What It’s About: This Sunday is Transfiguration Sunday, and so the Hebrew Bible...
January 24, 2016
Prophets and Hometowns: The Lectionary for the Fourth Sunday of Epiphany
Jeremiah 1:4-10 What It’s About: This is Jeremiah's call story, where God comes to him...
January 17, 2016
Books and Readers: The Lectionary for the Third Sunday of Epiphany
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 What It’s About: This is a famous and very consequential scene...
January 10, 2016
Old Made New: The Lectionary for the Second Sunday of Epiphany
Isaiah 62:1-5 What It’s About: The land is married--what a metaphor. This is a jubilant passage,...
January 03, 2016
God among the Nations: The Lectionary for the Baptism of Jesus and First Sunday of Epiphany
Isaiah 43:1-7 What It’s About: This is a prophetic text, and prophetic texts often operate...
December 30, 2015
The Trouble with Father: The Lectionary for the Second Sunday of Christmas
Jeremiah 31:7-14 What It’s About: This is one of a series of jubilant oracles from...
December 20, 2015
Wisdom and Years: The Lectionary for the First Sunday of Christmas
1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 What It’s About: This is an episode from the life of...
December 13, 2015
Hope and Peace: The Lectionary for the Fourth Sunday of Advent
Micah 5:2-5a What It’s About: This is a prophetic text, and in the tradition of...
December 06, 2015
Deliverance and the Wrath to Come: The Lectionary for the Third Sunday of Advent
Zephaniah 3:14-20 What It’s About: Hey, it's a Zephaniah sighting! I love these texts from...
November 29, 2015
Exiles and Messengers: The Lectionary for the Second Sunday of Advent
Baruch 5:1-9 and/or Malachi 3:1-4 What It’s About: The Baruch text is about restoration...
November 22, 2015
Prophets and Fig Trees: The Lectionary for the First Sunday of Advent
Jeremiah 33:14-16 What It’s About: It's Advent! Advent is perhaps the most peculiar of the...
November 15, 2015
Apocalpyses and Kings: The Lectionary for Reign of Christ Sunday
2 Samuel 23:1-7 and/or Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 What It’s About: These passages are both about...
November 08, 2015
Promises and Apocalypses: The Lectionary for the 25th Sunday after Pentecost
1 Samuel 1:4-20 and/or Daniel 12:1-3 What It’s About: These are both texts about promises,...
November 01, 2015
Widows and Gifts: The Lectionary for the 24th Sunday after Pentecost
Ruth 3:1-5, 13-17 and/or 1 Kings 17:8-16 What It’s About: These are both passages about...
October 25, 2015
Past, Present, and Future: The Lectionary for P+23, All Saints Day, and Reformation Day
There are so many ways to go this week! There is a set of lectionary...
October 18, 2015
Stop Saying “Everything Happens for a Reason”: The Lectionary for the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost
Job 42:1-6, 10-17 and/or Jeremiah 37:7-14 What It’s About: Both of these passages are about...
October 11, 2015
Power and Suffering: The Lectionary for the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
Job 38:1-7 and/or Isaiah 53:4-12 What It’s About: The Job text is the part...
October 04, 2015
The Works of God and the Way God Works: The Lectionary for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost
Job 23:1-9, 16-17 and/or Amos 5:6-7, 10-15 What It’s About: The Job text is about...
September 28, 2015
World Communion Sunday: The Lectionary for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Job 1:1, 2:1-10 or Genesis 2:18-24 What It’s About: This is a really strange juxtaposition of...
September 20, 2015
Strangers and Communities: The Lectionary for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20-22 What It’s About: This is the story of Esther, queen...
September 13, 2015
Wisdom (and Not): The Lectionary for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proverbs 31:10-31 What It’s About: This is that famous passage of Proverbs that often gets...
September 06, 2015
Wisdom and Her Uses: The Lectionary for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost
Proverbs 1:20-33 or Isaiah 50:4-9 What It’s About: These are two very different texts with a...
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