Paul S. Nancarrow

4th Sunday of Easter

May 2, 2004
See Also: 
Reading 2: 
Psalm 23
Reading 3: 
Acts 9:36-43 and Revelation 7:9-17
Reading 4: 
John 10:22-30
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Acts 9:36-43

4th Sunday of Easter

April 29, 2007
See Also: 
Reading 2: 
Psalm 23
Reading 3: 
Acts 9:36-43 and Revelation 7:9-17
Reading 4: 
John 10:22-30
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Acts 9:36-43

3rd Sunday of Easter

April 25, 2004
See Also: 
Reading 2: 
Psalm 30
Reading 3: 
Acts 9:1-6 (7-12) and Revelation 5:11-14
Reading 4: 
John 21:1-19
By Paul S. Nancarrow

A common theme running through the scripture readings today is reversal: the creative power of God to enter into a situation of “wreckage” and open up from it aims and possibilities that lead to new life.

3rd Sunday of Easter

April 22, 2007
See Also: 
Reading 2: 
Psalm 30
Reading 3: 
Acts 9:1-6 (7-12) and Revelation 5:11-14
Reading 4: 
John 21:1-19
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Acts 9:1-6 (7-12)

2nd Sunday of Easter

April 18, 2004
See Also: 
Reading 2: 
Psalm 118:14-29
Reading 3: 
Acts 5:27-32 and Revelation 1:4-8
Reading 4: 
John 20:19-31
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Acts 5:27-32

2nd Sunday of Easter

April 15, 2007
See Also: 
Reading 2: 
Psalm 118:14-29
Reading 3: 
Acts 5:27-32 and Revelation 1:4-8
Reading 4: 
John 20:19-31
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Acts 5:27-32

Easter Sunday

April 8, 2007
See Also: 

Lenten Candle Liturgy
Lenten Benedictions/Commissioning/Blessings

Preaching Lent/Easter I
Preaching Lent/Easter II
Preaching Lent/Easter III

John Cobb on atonement
John Cobb on redemption
John Cobb on Jesus
Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (Cobb)

Sermons:
Nance 2006
Sauter 2003

Reading 2: 
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Reading 3: 
1 Corinthians 15:19-26 or Acts 10:34-43
Reading 4: 
John 20:1-18
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Acts 10:34-43

Good Friday

April 6, 2007
See Also: 

Year A
Year B
Year C

Good Friday liturgy
Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (Cobb)
John Cobb on atonement
John Cobb on redemption

Back in Print:
Biblical Teaching on the Death of Jesus

Reading 1: 
Isaiah 52:13–53:12
Reading 2: 
Psalm 22
Reading 3: 
Hebrews 10:16–25
Reading 4: 
John 18:1–19:42
By Paul S. Nancarrow

On this day, the liturgical reading of scripture is centered on the solemn proclamation of the Johannine Passion. While the passages from Isaiah and the Psalter and Hebrews of course have their own integrity in their own contexts, on this day, for Christians, they are interpreted in the field of force of John’s account of the crucifixion. Our commentary, therefore, begins with the passage from John.

2nd Sunday after Christmas

January 3, 2010
See Also: 

A New Year Blessing
John Cobb on Incarnation
Daniel Day Williams on incarnation

Reading 1: 
Jeremiah 31:7-14
Reading 2: 
Psalm 147:12-20
Reading 3: 
Ephesians 1:3-14
Reading 4: 
John 1:10-18
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Jeremiah 31:7-14

1st Sunday after Christmas

December 27, 2009
See Also: 

John Cobb on Incarnation
Daniel Day Williams on incarnation

Reading 1: 
1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26
Reading 2: 
Psalm 148
Reading 3: 
Colossians 3:12-17
Reading 4: 
Luke 2:41-52
By Paul S. Nancarrow

1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26

4th Sunday of Advent

December 20, 2009
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Micah 5:2-5a
Reading 3: 
Hebrews 10:5-10
Reading 4: 
Luke 1:39-45 and Luke 1:46b-55
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Micah 5:2-5a

3rd Sunday of Advent

December 13, 2009
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Zephaniah 3:14-20
Reading 3: 
Philippians 4:4-7
Reading 4: 
Luke 3:7-18
Alt Reading 1: 
Isaiah 12:2-6
By Paul S. Nancarrow

The Third Sunday of Advent is sometimes known as “Gaudete Sunday,” from the introit of the Latin Mass for this day, which called upon the faithful to “Rejoice!” Each of the readings for this day reflects a sense of joy in the anticipation of creative transformation at the coming of the Holy One of God.

2nd Sunday of Advent

December 6, 2009
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Baruch 5:1-9
Reading 3: 
Philippians 1:3-11
Reading 4: 
Luke 1:68-79 and Luke 3:1-6
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Baruch 5:1-9

1st Sunday of Advent

November 29, 2009
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Jeremiah 33:14-16
Reading 2: 
Psalm 25:1-10
Reading 3: 
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Reading 4: 
Luke 21:25-36
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Jeremiah 33:14-16

Proper 25

October 25, 2009
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Job 42:1-6, 10-17
Reading 2: 
Psalm 34:1-8, (19-22)
Reading 3: 
Hebrews 7:23-28
Reading 4: 
Mark 10:46-52
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Job 42:1-6, 10-17

Proper 24

October 18, 2009
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Job 38:1-7, (34-41)
Reading 2: 
Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c
Reading 3: 
Hebrews 5:1-10
Reading 4: 
Mark 10:35-45
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Job 38:1-7, (34-41)

Proper 23

October 11, 2009
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Job 23:1-9, 16-17
Reading 2: 
Psalm 22:1-15
Reading 3: 
Hebrews 4:12-16
Reading 4: 
Mark 10:17-31
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Job 23:1-9, 16-17

Proper 22

October 4, 2009
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Job 1:1, 2:1-10
Reading 2: 
Psalm 26
Reading 3: 
Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12
Reading 4: 
Mark 10:2-16
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Today begins a series of readings from the Book of Job that will occupy the First Testament position in the lectionary for four weeks. It is a commonplace in Job commentary that the book as we now have it is an ancient folktale about a man who remains faithful through a series of familial and personal calamities, into which has been inserted a lengthy, probably post-exilic, set of reflections on the problem of theodicy and undeserved suffering.

6th Sunday of Easter

May 25, 2003
See Also: 
Reading 2: 
Psalm 98
Reading 3: 
Acts 10:44-48 or 1 John 5:1-6
Reading 4: 
John 15:9-17
By Paul S. Nancarrow

One particularly strong process-relational theme in the lessons for today is the recognition that we are embedded in systems of relationships quite apart from our own choosing to be so related; yet, when we recognize those relationships, we can and must choose how we will respond. Relatedness is a given; but how we will grow in that relatedness, and so open possibilities for creative transformation, or attempt to reject that relatedness, and so foreclose on transformative possibilities, is largely up to us.

5th Sunday of Easter

May 18, 2003
See Also: 
Reading 2: 
Psalm 22:25-31
Reading 3: 
Acts 8:26-40 or 1 John 4:7-21
Reading 4: 
John 15:1-8
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Process-relational themes abound in the readings assigned for this Fifth Sunday of Easter. Each of the three lections proclaims, from its own perspective and in its own context, that relationship is the irreducible where of all faith and practice.

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