Reading Ramblings – August 15, 2021

Date: Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost ~ August 15, 2021 Texts: Proverbs 9:1-10; Psalm 34:12-22; Ephesians 5:6-21; John 6:51-69 Context: Pastors are trained to interpret Biblical texts.  It ought to be a lifelong practice of not just personal reflection but also continued study in the art of exegesis, with reference to how others have interpreted the… Continue reading Reading Ramblings – August 15, 2021

Reading Ramblings – July 25, 2021

Date: Ninth Sunday after Pentecost ~ July 25, 2021 Texts: Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 136:1-9; Ephesians 3:14-21; Mark 6:45-66 Context: God is the Creator of all things.  This means God is master of all things.  There is nothing that happens without God’s either direct will (the Flood) or permission (Job).  This is how we are to… Continue reading Reading Ramblings – July 25, 2021

Reading Ramblings – July 18, 2021

Date: Eighth Sunday after Pentecost – July 18, 2021 Texts: Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 23; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-44 Context: Just starting the reading at Jeremiah 23:1, we might be inclined to interpret the words as directed towards the priests as shepherds of God’s people.  However if you start at Chapter 21 you see this is… Continue reading Reading Ramblings – July 18, 2021

Reading Ramblings – July 11, 2021

Date: Seventh Sunday after Pentecost ~ July 11, 2021 Texts: Amos 7:7-15; Psalm 85; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-20 Context: The Word of God often stands in stark contradiction to the rules of polite society or the transitory whims of human nature, not to mention the insistent rebellion of outright evil.  Speaking the Word of God… Continue reading Reading Ramblings – July 11, 2021

Reading Ramblings – July 4, 2021

Date: Sixth Sunday after Pentecost ~ July 4, 2021 Texts: Ezekiel 2:1-5; Psalm 123; 2 Corinthians 12:1-10; Mark 6:1-13 Context: It remains my longstanding tradition not to preach sermons for secular holidays.  I don’t preach about dads on Father’s Day, or love on Valentine’s Day, or our nation on July 4th.  As such, I will… Continue reading Reading Ramblings – July 4, 2021

Reading Ramblings – June 27, 2021

Date: Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, June 27th, 2021 Texts: Lamentations 3:22-33; Psalm 30; 2 Corinthians 8:1-9, 13-15; Mark 5:21-43 Context: The lessons for today don’t appear to work together very well.  The reading from Lamentations is a brief ray of sunlight in an otherwise very dark and sorrowful book.  The psalmist rightly directs praise to… Continue reading Reading Ramblings – June 27, 2021

Reading Ramblings – June 20, 2021

Date: Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – June 20, 2021  Texts: Job 38:1-11; Psalm 124; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41  Context: At least in America, there is a stream of Christianity that emphasizes that life in Christ is a life victorious.  Not victorious solely over sin and Satan and death – which we are very definitely victors over… Continue reading Reading Ramblings – June 20, 2021

Reading Ramblings – June 13, 2021

Date: Third Sunday after Pentecost ~ June 13, 2021  Texts: Ezekiel 17:22-24; Psalm 1; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; Mark 4:26-34  Context: The season of Ordinal/Ordinary Time focuses us on the ongoing work of God the Holy Spirit in the world, the Church, and our individual lives.  The readings today collectively point us towards the miraculous and counter-intuitive nature of… Continue reading Reading Ramblings – June 13, 2021