Weekly Lectionary Scripture

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

  • Exploring the Scripture Jesus was controversial in his day and remains so today. His message, those with whom he interacted, and the challenge he presented to norms of empire and success brought him into direct conflict with other voices and…
  • Exploring the Scripture In the verses immediately preceding today’s text, Jesus told his disciples to trust in God’s providence. His followers are not to allow anxiety to rule their lives, but are to focus on God’s kingdom. This theme carries over…
  • Exploring the Scripture This text is one of many in the Gospel of Luke that expresses concern that matters of wealth are very much about response to God’s call. It is not that material wealth in itself is condemned. Luke is seemingly concerned about…
  • Exploring the Scripture Today’s text includes a version of Christianity’s best-known prayer. Jesus is asked to teach the disciples how to pray. While Luke’s version is slightly different and a bit shorter than the version in Matthew, both follow the…
  • Exploring the Scripture Last week we focused on Amos, a prophet from Judah in the south, called to deliver difficult messages to the prosperous kingdom of Israel in the north, during the 8th century BCE. The wealthy and merchant classes enjoyed…
  • Exploring the Scripture Who is my neighbor? The question is timely and timeless. This parable is one of the most familiar in the Gospels. So familiar, that perhaps we no longer hear the message. Who is the neighbor in this story? What was Jesus…
  • 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…