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Bible Readings for Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021

Introduction Forerunners and messengers advance the advent of our God. While John the baptizer’s voice in the wilderness may be the principal focus of the day, Malachi’s prophecy could as easily herald the coming Christ as forerunner of the Lord of hosts. … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021

Introduction Even after Israel had experienced the vagaries of kings, the people still longed for a true king to set things right. He would have the king’s title of Anointed One (Messiah); he would be the “one like a human … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021

Introduction Of all three years of the lectionary cycle, this year’s All Saints readings have the most tears. Isaiah and Revelation look forward to the day when God will wipe away all tears; in John’s gospel, Jesus weeps along with … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Oct. 31, 2021

Introduction Rooted in the past and growing into the future, the church must always be reformed in order to live out the love of Christ in an ever-changing world. We celebrate the good news of God’s grace, that Jesus Christ … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021

Introduction Can we pray the way Bartimaeus prays? People try to hush him up because by addressing Jesus as “Son of David” he is making a politically dangerous claim that Jesus is the rightful king. Could our prayers ever be … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, Oct. 17. 2021

INTRODUCTION Today’s gospel starts with disciples obsessing over who will be closest to Jesus, leading to Jesus teaching his followers about God’s take on importance and power. Here Jesus makes it explicit that the reversal of values in God’s community … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021

Introduction The rich man who comes to ask Jesus what he should do to inherit eternal life is a good man, sincere in his asking. Mark’s gospel is alone in saying that Jesus looked on him and loved him. Out … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, Oct. 2, 2021

Introduction Today’s gospel combines a saying that makes many of us uncomfortable with a story we find comforting. Jesus’ saying on divorce is another of his rejections of human legislation in favor of the original intent of God’s law. Jesus’ … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021

Introduction Today we hear James warn against selfish ambition, while the disciples quarrel over which one of them is the greatest. Jesus tells them the way to be great is to serve. Then, to make it concrete, he puts in … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sept. 12, 2021

Introduction Three weeks ago we heard Peter’s confession of faith as told in John’s gospel. This week we hear Mark’s version, when Peter says, “You are the Messiah.” In John, the stumbling block is Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh, … Continue reading

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