Living the word

Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C.
Robert Roth 11-01-2006
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle B for November.
Robert Roth 09-01-2006
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary for October.
Robert Roth 09-01-2006
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary for September.
Robert Roth 08-01-2006

It is natural for people of faith to ally with secular organizations and approaches. We may even see the spirit of God in movements that bring life and hope.

Robert Roth 07-01-2006

These five weeks of passages extol the depth, breadth, and living power of shalom—the biblical peace for humanity and all that lives.

Robert Roth 06-01-2006
At its best the church is an "innocence project" for ourselves and others.
Robert Roth 05-01-2006

Love binds and builds, heals and hallows, redeems and restores.

Robert Roth 04-01-2006

Peter's denials and Judas' betrayal foreshadow the reactionary horror to come.

Robert Roth 03-01-2006

Covenants order our lives, our faith communities, and, in the best of times, our nations. The promises and agreements God makes to us, and that we make to one another, are sometimes made binding by oaths or rituals. Sometimes God simply sends someone down from the mountain with a covenant fully formed and sealed.

Robert Roth 02-01-2006
Is 'Get Rich or Die Tryin' just a current movie or is it also a national mantra?
Robert Roth 01-01-2006

In Kashmir, Niger, Honduras, and parts of every U.S. city, the situation is urgent. Thankfully, so is God’s persistent love.

Robert Roth 12-01-2005
Peace, salvation, and the reign of God arrive with beauty and song.
Robert Roth 11-01-2005
Whenever you helped the needy - or ignored the poor - Jesus said, "you did it to me."
Robert Roth 09-01-2005
Jesus sums up faithfulness as being other-oriented. It's about God. It's about the neighbor.
Robert Roth 08-01-2005
Among a people of faith, giftedness changes the world.
Robert Roth 07-01-2005
Watching for Seeds and Pearls

When the faithful welcome the breaking of God’s word into relationships, politics, and economics, hope arrives. Adopted as God’s sons and daughters, people begin to make the reign of God their greatest loyalty.

Robert Roth 06-01-2005
The most serious of events can seem,

The most serious of events can seem, well, funny at the time. Encountering God’s transformative actions directly, the first human response can be to break down into laughter.

Paula Gooder 05-01-2005
When watching sports,

When watching sports, I’m always most impressed by the decathletes. Those who are able to compete skillfully in such a range of athletic events are awe-inspiring. Not only can they perform a variety of skills well, but they also are able to switch easily from one to another. The readings this month challenge us to be spiritual decathletes.

Paula Gooder 04-01-2005
It is often said that what you pay for something affects how much you value it.

It is often said that what you pay for something affects how much you value it. In other words, the more you pay, the more you cherish it. I suspect that the reverse is also true: the things you cherish the most are the things for which you are prepared to pay the most. So what has this to do with Easter?

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