Monthly Archives: January 2012

Weekly Lectionary Commentary (Epiphany 5; Ordinary 5)

Isaiah 40:21-31 Ever question God’s providential care?  You’re not alone.  The Israelites in the midst of their Babylonian captivity felt utterly abandoned by God.  They were defeated, hauled away from their homeland, and made to live as second class citizens … Continue reading

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False Prophets, Barbed Wire, and Our Presidential Hopefuls

**Special thanks goes out to the fine folks in “Refining [cyborg] Theology” (you know who you are) who once again helped me navigate the tricky passes of the narrow ravine we call the Holy Word of God.** “Any prophet who … Continue reading

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Weekly Lectionary Commentary (Epiphany 4, Ordinary 4)

Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Because the people of God were afraid of God’s voice and thought they might die if God spoke to them directly they wanted Moses to mediate between them (i.e. they wanted Moses to fill the role of prophet–to … Continue reading

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Fish Or Cut Bait (Answering the Phone)

Everyone of us wants to be called.  Consider the alternative: sitting by a quiet phone, wasting the night away hoping for the door bell to ring, hitting the refresh button on the email inbox waiting in vain for a subject … Continue reading

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Weekly Lectionary Commentary (Epiphany 3 / Ordinary 3)

Jonah 3:1-5, 10 The story of Jonah challenges our ability to commend the mercy of God.  Christians can be vindictive people.  Often we long for the final justice of God not only because we desire to experience the grace we … Continue reading

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The Silence of God

Things were lax at the temple those days.  Eli’s two brazen sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were running things their way.  Old man Eli was past his prime.  He was tired, half blind, and comfortably established in life–so he did little … Continue reading

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Weekly Lectionary Commentary (Epiphany 2, Ordinary 2)

1 Samuel 3:1-10 [11-20] Our Hebrew Bible lection presents the story of the calling of Samuel.  Samuel is the son of Hannah.  For a long time Hannah was unable to have children, that is until she prayed to God promising … Continue reading

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