Reflections on the lectionary readings by pastors, preachers, and biblical scholars
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2 Peter 3:8–15a
The Bible uses words like holy more than words like love. Yet holiness is a murky word. It evokes several ideas.
Isaiah 64:1–9; 1 Corinthians 1:3–9; Mark 13:24–37
No one likes the thought of an angry God. Yet God’s wrath pops up all over the Bible, including in this week’s Advent readings. Is there anything redemptive about an angry God?
Ezekiel 34:11–16, 20–24; Ephesians 1:15–23; Matthew 25:31–46
On Reign of Christ Sunday we praise the way that God has put "all things under his feet." Shouldn't we be worried about such a portrayal of absolute power?
Zephaniah 1:7, 12–18; 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11
It is not at all clear that our days of destruction are truly the "day of the Lord." What is the link between God's judgment and the destruction we see?
The parable of the foolish virgins calls us to be present in the here and now. We are called to live as if the Lord's day is happening—to tend the sick, help the poor, make disciples.