Monthly Archives: October 2011

Weekly Lectionary Commentary (Proper 26A, Ordinary 31A)

Micah 3:5-12 God is going to give you a smack down.  That is a hard message to receive, especially when you believe God is your ticket to indefinite security.  For the rulers of eight century Israel such over confidence in … Continue reading

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Tuna Casserole (The P Source)

In seminary they called it the P source.  P stands for priestly.  The P source is a body of written material layered into the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.  The first five books of the Hebrew Bible, … Continue reading

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Weekly Lectionary Commentary: Proper 25A / Ordinary 30 A

Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18 “Leviticus is a strange book.”  This dismissive attitude is our usual starting point in encountering the section of Torah that reminds us to never tattoo our bodies, plant two kinds of seeds in the same garden, or … Continue reading

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Would Jesus Occupy Wallstreet? (The Agitator)

The strategy was simple: a mixed group of Herodians and Pharisees surrounded Jesus and and among them was an agitator who presented Jesus with a question, “Tell us…what you think.  Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or … Continue reading

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Weekly Lectionary Commentary: Proper 24A, Ordinary 29A

Exodus 33:12-23 The Hebrew Bible lesson picks up in the middle of a ‘heated discussion’ between God and Moses.  Previously God had told Moses that God would be present with the Israelites as they journeyed to the Promised Land (Exodus … Continue reading

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The Universal Understudy

When Jesus tells a parable I imagine the drama unfolding on a stage.  Further, I imagine myself as a ‘universal understudy’—meaning that at some moment in the production I receive a tap on the shoulder and have to stand-in for … Continue reading

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Weekly Lectionary Commentary Proper 23A / Ordinary 28 A

Exodus 32:1-14 God is ripped.  Moses is gone for forty days up Mount Sinai and the nervous Israelites gathered in the valley below get the bright idea to fashion a few gods out of old jewelry.  Awesome idea fellas!  God … Continue reading

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