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Weekly Introduction to the Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Proper 14C / Ordinary 19C)

Genesis 15:1-6 In our Hebrew Bible reading Abram’s (later Abraham’s) patience is waning.  Previously Abram had received great promises from God (land, descendants, a great nation) but the completion of those promises lacked one key element–Abram and Sarai (Abram’s wife) … Continue reading

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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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Weekly Introduction to the Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Proper 7 / Ordinary 12)

I Kings 19:1-15 Elijah has just put the prophets of Ba’al to the sword and upset the ruling Jezebel.  In retaliation Jezebel sends a death threat to Elijah telling him that she will have him executed in one day’s time. … Continue reading

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Weekly Introductions to the Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Proper 4; Ordinary 9)

1 Kings 18:20-39 The setting for our Elijah story is the ominous reign of Ahab in the northern kingdom of Israel.  Ahab was married to the wicked Jezebel given to Ahab by the king of Phoenicia.  Jezebel brought with her … Continue reading

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

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday, which always follows the Sunday of Pentecost.  This is the only Sunday, far as I know, that celebrates in the liturgy a long cherished ‘doctrine’ of the church.  Most special worship days celebrate an event … Continue reading

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