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.
Genesis 9:8–17; 1 Peter 3:18–22
There’s a reason that flood stories are so universal: we fear wiping ourselves out through our own violence. We need to learn to read the flood story through the eyes of the God revealed in the rainbow promise.
Matthew 6:1–6, 16–21; 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10
As we contemplate mortality and finitude, I wonder if we could treasure washing the dishes.
Mountaintop experiences can be exhilarating. But there is something to be said for the consistency of a balanced daily life filled with remembrance of the holy.
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?
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