Category: Lectionary

Nehemiah 8 reminds us that hearing the word of God is an occasion for joy, not sorrow and regret.

The Politics of Scripture

Psalm 36 reminds us that hope is grounded in God’s very nature, that it rests in the hesed of the LORD. Today, despite the fact that the work we undertake remains unfinished, we can rest in God’s hesed.

Lectionary

Bookended by the call to ascribe glory and strength to the Lord, and the answering request that the Lord give strength and blessing to his people, Psalm 29 offers us a vision of good rule.

The Politics of Scripture

The season of epiphany moves us from a season of indulgence, to a season marked by gift giving that honors God. What kinds of gifts do we give? And how do these gifts honor God by honoring the dignity and agency all of God’s children?

The Politics of Scripture

Where do we place ourselves in these narratives? What is our posture toward the prophets among us? Are we the prophetic children, the parents who tentatively support yet fear their calling, or the status quo that they oppose?

The Politics of Scripture

The Mary that we discover in Luke’s gospel may not be the sentimentalized and domesticated Mary of the Christian imagination.

Lectionary, The Politics of Scripture

John the Baptist offers a way for us to rethink Advent, suggesting that the advent of the kingdom demands the advent of justice.

Lectionary, The Politics of Scripture

The message of John the Baptist challenges our complacency about sin, an attitude that pervades and perverts our entire life as a society.

Lectionary, The Politics of Scripture

The nearness of God inspires communities to work for justice, for the Son of Man as a co-pilgrim participates in the struggles of the creation.

The Politics of Scripture

In a hateful political climate, it’s easy to feel defeat. However, Daniel 7 teaches us that God is present in the midst of oppression and intervenes as a liberator God. We must join in this liberation to defy feelings of defeat.

Lectionary, The Politics of Scripture

We have been led astray by those who invoke religion to undergird their own social, political, and economic power. When we find ourselves enthralled to their apparent grandeur, we, too, will find the world beginning to crumble around us.

Lectionary, The Politics of Scripture

In her very presence, the widow performs the political act of bringing to light oppression and injustice. Our task is to learn how to see her.

The Politics of Scripture