Monthly Archives: July 2013

Weekly Introduction to the Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Proper 12C / Ordinary 17C)

Hebrew Bible Reading (Genesis 18:20-32) Our Hebrew Bible reading contains the story of Abraham negotiating with God over the fate of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Sodom and Gomorrah were populated by sinful people who lived in great wickedness. … Continue reading

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Weekly Introduction to the Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Proper 11C / Ordinary 16C)

Amos 8:1-12 Amos is an 8th century prophet from a humble background (he calls himself a “dresser of sycamore trees”).  He prophesies to the northern kingdom about a coming day of the Lord.  Amos continually reminds us of God’s concern … Continue reading

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Weekly Introductions to the Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Proper 10C/Ordinary 15C)

Deuteronomy 30:9-14 The book of Deuteronomy sounds a constant theme: If you follow the law of the Lord good things will happen to you!  This Sunday’s reading provides us another telling of that deuteronomistic maxim.  However, in this version of … Continue reading

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Bottom Dwellers

When we read the story of Namaan the leper we often miss the key characters, which says more about us then the clarity of the narrative: Bottom Dwellers  

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Weekly Introdcution to the Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Proper 9C / Ordinary 14C)

2 Kings 5:1-14 (An excellent commentary by Steed Davidson on this passage is found here.) The story of the healing of Naaman the Aramean appears several times in the lectionary cycle and is often paired with a gospel story recording … Continue reading

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