Reflections on the lectionary readings by pastors, preachers, and biblical scholars
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Each Monday we publish Sunday's Coming, an email-only post on the upcoming readings, written by our current Living by the Word columnist.
1 Kings 2:10–12; 3:3–14
If Solomon were an older and more experienced ruler when God appears to him in his dream, I wonder if he would ask for wisdom. And would he ask for wisdom if he were not already wealthy and powerful?
2 Samuel 11:26–12:13a
She woke me up at 2 a.m. I flipped on the light, grabbed my pen, and wrote furiously about Bathsheba.
2 Samuel 11:1–15
I don’t want to identify with David, with this king who knows no limits. But why, pray God, does his arrogance feel so familiar?
Mark 6:30–34, 53–56
Mark writes, “many were coming and going, and they had no leisure, even to eat.” I read this observation with uneasy laughter, thinking of many lunches spent at my computer with a sandwich.
I like Mark’s frequent mention of how people felt. In this week’s text, Herod is greatly perplexed about John the Baptist.
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