Reflections on the lectionary readings by pastors, preachers, and biblical scholars
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The cartoon devil perched on your shoulder isn’t exactly an image of demon possession. But maybe the compulsion to listen to temptation is the possession. There’s a force that doesn’t let go easily.
Idolatry seems like such an easy thing to avoid. No wooden statues on the mantel, no lockets with Zeus pictured within. But it’s never that easy, is it?
1 Corinthians 7:29–31
Paul isn’t asking us to avoid the world. But if the form of the world is passing way, the everyday is becoming a step into promise.
1 Samuel 3:1–20
I used to think that the end of Samuel’s story was when he learns to listen to God. Strangely, I wasn’t curious at all about what God has to say to Samuel.
Mark’s account of Jesus’ baptism is spare. But there is this: Jesus is baptized in a river, in the wilderness. The baptisms where I preside have been relatively tame. Still, the danger of the river is present.
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