Reflections on the lectionary readings by pastors, preachers, and biblical scholars
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Genesis 32:22-30; Romans 9:1-5
The relationship of Christians to Jews has the character of a sibling rivalry gone disastrously awry.
Talking about family conflict is risky for pastors.
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
"Have you understood all this?" Jesus asked, and they answered, "Yes." Today we are still answering yes . . . and God must be laughing.
In my youth I thought: God asked what of Abraham? Is this the God who I am supposed to worship?
Genesis 21:8-12; Matthew 10:26-30
A mother and child wander in the unknown—that place where fears overtake all of us and God seems distant or absent.
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