Some thoughts for the first Sunday of Christmas, Dec 27, 2020 Video from Indiana-Kentucky Synod Blog from Living Lutheran
This week, the lectionary readings, Isaiah 5:1-7 and Matthew 21:33-46, tell about harvests of justice and righteousness that disappoint God. Jesus does the salvific work, to be sure. And then the expectation is that we will, in Jesus' words, "bear fruit for the Kingdom." Written reflection for Living Lutheran. Video reflection for Indiana-Kentucky Synod.
Hi Friends, Good news! I haven't been ignoring the task! My weekly lectionary writings have been picked up [ read: they're paying me!!!] over at Living Lutheran Lectionary Blog. I will be doing my weekly writing over there now, and I will reserve this space for special articles. As speaking and lecturing heats up in... Continue Reading →
The gospel writer consciously echoes many of the themes of 1 Samuel to drive home the point that Luke is going to tell the story of God setting up a new anointed leader, not David this time, but Jesus.
In this time of year in which we ponder Jesus’ incarnation and what it means for the Word to be made flesh, let us reflect on the words of the prophets Micah and Mary who tell us what it means for a human to fulfill the will of God.
This advent, as we prepare ourselves for the celebration of Jesus’ birth, let us look to John the Baptizer again for his fearless incitement to repentance of evil and abusive behavior. But let us also look to those who questioned their roles in an abusive system and bravely risked their lives to seek, and find, a better way to be faithful to the God who calls us all to live without fear.