Lectionary

Julie Polter 04-04-2013

Whether you're preaching the Bible, teaching it, or reading it on your own, there are always new facets to be revealed. Here are a few books that may refresh your perspective.

Martin L. Smith 03-14-2013

Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C

Martin L. Smith 02-11-2013

Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle C

Martin L. Smith 01-08-2013

Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C

Martin L. Smith 11-27-2012

Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle C

Martin L. Smith 06-01-2012

Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle B

Martin L. Smith 05-01-2012

Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle B

Martin L. Smith 04-01-2012

Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle B

Martin L. Smith 03-01-2012

Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle B

Enuma Okoro 02-01-2012

Reflections on the Common Lectionary

Walter Brueggemann 04-22-2011

In Christian confession, Good Friday is the day of loss and defeat; Sunday is the day of recovery and victory. Friday and Sunday summarize the drama of the gospel that continues to be re-performed, always again, in the life of faith. In the long gospel reading of the lectionary for this week (Matthew 27:11-54), we hear the Friday element of that drama: the moment when Jesus cries out to God in abandonment (Matthew 27: 46). This reading does not carry us, for this day, toward the Sunday victory, except for the anticipatory assertion of the Roman soldier who recognized that Jesus is the power of God for new life in the world (verse 54). Given that anticipation, the reading invites the church to walk into the deep loss in hope of walking into the new life that will come at the end of the drama.

Jim Wallis 04-12-2011

[Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be posting excerpts from the Rediscovering Values Lenten Study Guide. We invite you to study God's word with us through these posts.]

Jim Wallis 03-15-2011

[Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be posting excerpts from the Rediscovering Values Lenten Study Guide. We invite you to study God's word with us through these posts.]

Debra Dean Murphy 02-24-2011
One of the steadfast realities of following the lectionary is the predictable rhythm of its three-year cycle of readings. Preparing a sermon for Baptism of the Lord Sunday in 2011?
Many people grew up enjoying the song, "Zacchaeus was a wee little man," celebrating this beloved story of Jesus and a tax collector.
Walter Brueggemann 09-01-2010
September 2010: 'Come, Rejoice With Me'; October 2010: The Nature of Faith
Elizabeth Palmberg 08-25-2010
"You are the Potter, I am the clay." I grew up singing that in youth group at church -- but never with very much enthusiasm.
This hymn can be a helpful one for churches seeking to support the relief efforts in Pakistan.

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