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.
Luke 2:1–14 (15–20)
According to Google Maps, it would take 34 hours to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem on foot. The question for Luke in this journey of two peasants is where hope might be found.
2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16; Luke 1:26–38
God’s word to Nathan and Gabriel’s word to Mary hold a tension that’s at the heart of biblical faith.
Mary’s song marks a transformation from seeing her condition’s weight to receiving a new power within the situation. And then, finally, she is a participant in the work of God’s spirit.
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?
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