Monthly Archives: May 2012

Weekly Introduction to the Revised Common Lectionary Readings (Trinity Sunday)

Isaiah 6:1-8 The call of God can make us intimately aware of our own sinfulness, creating a sense of shame and inadequacy that can paralyze our service.  When Isaiah was whisked away to the throne room of God to receive … Continue reading

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Weekly Introduction to the Revised Common Lectionary Readings (Pentecost)

Acts 2:1-21 Acts 2 begins with the disciples “all together in one place.”  This is not an ideal gospel situation. The gospel is more “free spirit wanderer” than “established homesteader.”  The gospel is more cosmopolitan than provincial. However, to traverse … Continue reading

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Weekly Introduction to the Revised Common Lectionary Readings (Ascension of Christ)

Note: The feast of the ascension is held 40 days after Easter (cf. Acts 1:3).  This year the feast of the ascension falls on May 17th, 2012.  Because of declining attendance at midweek services, many churches that celebrate the feast … Continue reading

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Charlie and the Wrecking Ball (Homosexuality and “all flesh”)

Standing by his bed in the hospital, I didn’t know what to say.  His skin was melting off him.  He looked like a cake that someone had frosted too quick out of the oven.  His breathing was labored, and when … Continue reading

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Weekly Introduction to the Revised Common Lectionary Readings (Easter 6b)

Acts 10:44-48 This week, in light of the season of Easter, we continue our ‘first lessons’ from the book of the Acts.  Our text from Acts 10 is part of the larger narrative of Peter’s encounter with the centurion Cornelius … Continue reading

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Christianity and the Perfect Tomato

My good friend George Dimidjian used to tell me that in America it was impossible to find a delicious tomato.  George was from Aleppo Syria where the agreeable climate effortlessly grew tomatoes kissed by the sun and fire truck red.  … Continue reading

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Weekly Introduction to the Revised Common Lectionary Readings (Easter 5b)

Acts 8:26-40 The latter part of Acts 8 provides us the conversion narrative of the Ethiopian eunuch.  The eunuch is an important figure in the Queen of Ethiopia’s court.  It is likely that the conversion of the eunuch became a … Continue reading

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