Weekly Lectionary Scripture

Each week we explore a scripture passage based on the lectionary.

  • Exploring the Scripture Elisha was different from his predecessor Elijah. Elijah was solitary and spent time in the wilderness. He was alternately fearless in confronting idolatry and injustice, and fearful, hiding in self-doubt and self-pity. Even…
  • Exploring the Scripture Consider the first part of today’s passage (Luke 9:51–55). The disciples are struggling to understand Jesus as Messiah and how he is different from other rulers. Jesus has “set his face to go to Jerusalem” (v. 51). The…
  • Exploring the Scripture Last week we explored how King Ahab coveted the vineyard of his neighbor Naboth. Queen Jezebel arranged Naboth’s murder, so Ahab could take the land. Elijah spoke truth to power and pronounced God’s penalty of death on Ahab…
  • Exploring the Scripture This passage takes place in the upper room where Jesus is with his disciples for the Last Supper before his arrest and crucifixion. Jesus says in John 16:12, “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them…
  • Exploring the Scriptures Pentecost comes at the end of the Easter season. Christ had promised to return and promised his disciples would not be left alone. With the coming of the Holy Spirit those promises are fulfilled. Today’s text is set in…
  • Exploring the Scripture Today’s passage is part of the longer account in Luke 24 that includes the empty tomb and the encounter of two disciples with Christ on the road to Emmaus. These stories are in harmony with Luke’s entire message that Jesus has…
  • Exploring the Scriptures Scholars think this Gospel was likely written in Ephesus in the 80s or early 90s CE. Christians met in house churches, but many individuals still attended synagogue. However, during this time the Jewish community started…
  • Exploring the Scriptures This text presents Jesus’ love command: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another” (John 13:34). The setting follows Jesus washing the disciple’s feet and Judas’ departure to betray Jesus. An early commandment…
  • Exploring the Scripture Jesus was in Jerusalem and according to the Gospel of John, he had been there for several weeks. In chapter 7 Jesus quietly, if not reluctantly, makes the pilgrimage to Jerusalem to attend the Feast of Tabernacles…
  • Exploring the Scripture Psalm 30 is a prayer of thanksgiving. As a poetic hymn, it praises God for deliverance from a near-death experience. The passage focuses on God’s grace, love, faithfulness, and relationships with individuals and the faith…