Power

Proper 9

July 6, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Reading 2: 
Psalm 45:10-17
Reading 3: 
Romans 7:15-25a
Reading 4: 
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
Alt Reading 2: 
Song of Sol. 2:8-13
By Marti J. Steussy

Genesis 24 was likely written more than 1400 years after Abraham’s time (in which camels weren’t yet domesticated). In it, Isaac has even less say than Rebekah about their arranged marriage (we see her consent asked, but not his). Abraham’s aged servant (the one once slated to inherit the estate, 15:2-3 / 24:2-3?) shows little enthusiasm when told to go to the old country to find a wife for Isaac. Perhaps to avoid issue, he asks for a very unlikely sign (24:12-14).

Trinity Sunday

June 15, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Genesis 1:1-2:4a
Reading 2: 
Psalm 8
Reading 3: 
2 Cor 13:11-13
Reading 4: 
Matthew 28:16-20
By Ron Allen

Because Trinity Sunday explores the doctrine of the Trinity, I begin with a disclaimer. With a small stream in the Stone-Campbell Movement, I do not believe in the Trinity. I regard God as singularly One, with Jesus and the Spirit as God’s close agents. But, in the ecumenical spirit of my tradition, the comments that follow offer preaching possibilities friendly to Trinitarianism.

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

February 5, 2012
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 40:21-31
Reading 2: 
Psalm 147:1-11, 20c
Reading 3: 
I Corinthians 9:16-23
Reading 4: 
Mark 1:29-39
By Bruce G. Epperly

Today’s readings join the themes of vocation and power. When we are in tune with God’s movements in our lives, we mediate power that transforms our lives and the world. This power does not insulate us from life’s tragedies and failures, but it gives us insight and courage to respond to them.

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