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At Home with the Lectionary

Join Fr. Aaron and Marissa Burt for conversation surrounding the Sunday lectionary texts from the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL). Learn more at www.athomewiththelectionary.com

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Year A, Advent 1
In this episode, we consider the readings for Advent 1 (Year A in the lectionary cycle): Matthew 24:36-44; Romans 13:11-14; Psalm 122; Isaiah 2:1-5.We welcome a new liturgical year by discussing the themes of the season of Advent. We discuss this collection of readings, unmistakably woven with a sense of watchful anticipation for the rule and reign of Christ. We look at Jesus' invitation to stay watchful and waiting for His return, Paul's instructions to wake up and love others, the Psalm's hopeful anticipation of Jerusalem's promise, and Isaiah's prophetic words about the nations streaming to the house of the Lord. Notes:The Bible Project--Bible Project's overview of Isaiah--Bible Project's overview of RomansAdvent Resources:--Fleming Rutledge's Advent: The Once and Future Coming of Jesus Christ--Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
51:16 11/18/2022
Year C, Christ the King Sunday
In this episode, we consider the readings for Christ the King Sunday (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 23:33-43; Colossians 1:11-20; Canticle 16; Jeremiah 23:1-6.We discuss the Lord's promise to raise up a righteous shepherd to tend His people who have been scattered and injured, Zechariah's prophecy about Jesus and John the Baptist, and Paul's poetic words of praise of Christ the King. We also consider the lectionary's choice to end with the thief's declaration of faith as he sees Christ on the cross, recognizes His kingship in His death, and asks to be remembered when Jesus comes into His kingdom.Notes:DISCLAIMER FROM FR AARON: I did some digging after recording this episode. After all these years of thinking that Christ the King Sunday sometimes trims off the last "proper" in the lectionary, I learned I was wrong. So please distrust and disbelieve my answer on that in the episode. :) Turns out *only* the propers at the beginning of the season can get trimmed--and that would be due to where Easter Sunday falls on a given year. Thanks for bearing with me!The Bible Project--Bible Project's overview of Jeremiah--Bible Project's overview of Colossians Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
63:11 11/13/2022
Year C, Proper 28
In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 28 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 21:5-19; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Canticle 9 (Isaiah 12:2-6); Isaiah 65:17-25We discuss Jesus' prophetic words about persecution and His return, Paul's instructions to the Thessalonians about community life, the first song of Isaiah, and Isaiah's closing prophetic glimpse of the joy of Jerusalem.Notes:The Bible Project--Bible Project's overview of Isaiah--Bible Project's overview of 2 Thessalonians--Bible Project series the law--NT Wright's courses on Udemy--CS Lewis' The Great Divorce Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
54:59 11/05/2022
Year C, All Saints' Day
In this episode, we consider the readings for All Saints' Day (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 6:20-31; Ephesians 1:11-23; Psalm 149; Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18.Fr. Aaron & Marissa discuss Jesus' description of His kingdom in the beatitudes and the glorious imagery of inheritance and the heavenly reality of Christ's rule as described by Paul in Ephesians, depicted in the Psalm, and revealed in Daniel's "alarming" prophetic dreams.Notes:The Bible Project --Bible Project's overview of Ephesians--Bible Project's overiew of Daniel--Clarissa Moll's book Beyond the Darkness: A Gentle Guide for Living With Grief and Thriving After Loss--Clarissa's article "Letting Grief Come to Church" Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
57:31 10/28/2022
Year C, Proper 26
In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 26 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 19:1-10; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12; Psalm 119:137-144; Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4.In this episode we discuss Zaccheus' penitence, Paul's prayer for the Thessalonians, the Psalmist's confessional prayers, and Habakkuk's dialogue of complaint and trust as well as the Lord's response. Notes:The Bible Project--Bible Project's overview of Habakkuk--Bible Project's overview of 2 ThessaloniansDwell Bible App Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
61:12 10/23/2022
Year C, Proper 25
In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 25 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 18:9-14; 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18; Psalm 65; Joel 2:23-32.In this episode we discuss Jesus' parable that contrasts the prayer of the Pharisee who looks with contempt on others and the prayer of the tax collector who cries out for God's mercy, the final words of Paul that close 2 Timothy, the rich language of abundance in the Psalm, and the imagery of Joel's prophetic words.  Notes:--C.S. Lewis on Humility: "Do not imagine that if you meet a really humble man he will be what most people call “humble” nowadays: he will not be a sort of greasy, smarmy person, who is always telling you that, of course, he is nobody.Probably all you will think about him is that he seemed a cheerful, intelligent chap who took a real interest in what you said to him. If you do dislike him it will be because you feel a little envious of anyone who seems to enjoy life so easily. He will not be thinking about humility: he will not be thinking about himself at all." --from Mere Christianity Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
51:14 10/15/2022
Bonus Episode! Story Time - The Narrative of Scripture in 45 minutes with Marissa Burt
This bonus episode offers listeners a 45 minute journey through the chronological narrative of Scripture.  Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
43:41 10/09/2022
Year C, Proper 24
In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 24 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 18:1-8; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5; Psalm 119:97-104; Jeremiah 31:27-34.We begin with Jesus' parable of the persistent widow and discuss how his story upends our preconceptions about God's accessibility and invites hopeful, trusting engagement in prayer. We consider Paul's timely guidance for staying focused and faithful, rooted in the Scriptures. We talk about the transformative impact of memorizing Scripture and the Psalmist's love for God's life-giving words. And we end with a lot of questions about Jeremiah's words.  Notes:There are a lot of useful resources out there for memorizing Scripture. There are apps where you can record yourself saying passages, "games" where you can fill in the blanks, sites where you can type out verses, all sorts of techniques that you may find useful, but it doesn't have to be complicated. Here's what I've found to be helpful:--Select a passage you personally want to learn.--Consider the reality of your daily life. Sometimes memorizing a longer ambitious passage is feasible, but regularly working on various disparate passages (e.g. focus on a smaller single-verse passage every two weeks) may be more doable.--Write or print out the passage. Laminate it if you love office products (like I do!) or find a way to jot it down and carry a notecard around with you.--Look for times during your day (or night!) when you can recite the passage to yourself. Repeat it audibly. Try to say it without looking. Go back and check yourself. Keep repeating it. --Note "anchors" within the passage that can help stay grounded in the flow of thought - these may become especially meaningful to you as they pair with memories from your daily life at this time.--Every time you review your memory work, add a phrase or sentences. --Soon, the "new" phrases that you had to check every few words will become "old" familiar ones, tucked away in your memory, as you continue to build.--That's it! Like any muscle, it will grow with use. At first, you may find it takes two weeks to learn a verse, but as you proceed, it will become easier.--Some passages (like Psalm 119) may be easier to memorize, because they've been designed with rhetorical "anchors." For instance, knowing there is a cohesive thought centered around four verses makes it easier to memorize. Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
56:41 10/07/2022
Year C, Proper 23
In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 23 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 17:11-19; 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Psalm 66: 1-11; Jeremiah 29: 1,4-7.This week, we discuss the Gospel in microcosm in the story of Jesus healing the ten lepers and briefly look at more of Paul's instruction to Timothy. We ponder the invitation to imagine and praise God in the Psalm as well as Jeremiah's letter to the exiles in Babylon. Notes:--Aggressively Happy: A Realist's Guide to Believing in the Goodness of Life, by: Joy Marie Clarkson--Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
58:28 10/01/2022
Year C, Proper 22
In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 22 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 17:5-10; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Lamentations 3:19-26 or Psalm 137; Lamentations 1:1-6.This week, we consider the hard words of lament in Psalm 137 and Lamentations, and the challenge of grappling with the reality of incomprehensible human suffering and pain . We also ponder the mysterious (to us!) teaching of Jesus about faith and unprofitable servanthood and find comfort and encouragement in Paul's exhortation to Timothy.Notes:--The Psalms as Christian Lament, by: Dr. Bruce Waltke, James Houston & Erika Moore--Series of free lectures on the Psalms by: Dr. Bruce Waltke (scroll down)--Essay: "Shall We Pray: Kill My Enemies?" by: Dr. Bruce Waltke in which he references C.S. Lewis' commendable book Reflections on the Psalms--The Lord is My Courage, by: KJ Ramsey--Entrusted Bible Study, by: Beth Moore Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
55:21 09/23/2022
Year C, Proper 21
In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 21 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 16:19-31; 1 Timothy 6:6-19; Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16; Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15.We discuss Jesus's parable of the rich man and Lazarus wherein He aptly describes the human situation and the fact that, without repentance & the reorientation that comes through God's Word, we all prioritize our own comfort & ignore the suffering of others. We hear Paul's warnings against the love of money and cravings greed stirs. We also discuss how our attitude to money reveals something about our heart toward God and our neighbor and how hopeful it is to follow the Lord, who is defined by mercy, generosity, and concern for suffering. Notes: --The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the end of Violence, by: Gary A. Haugen & Victor Boutros--Founder of Patagonia Gives Company Away--How Churches Spend Their Money study/analysis--Generous Giving: Journey of Generosity--Dwell App--Mepkin Abbey Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
63:16 09/17/2022
Year C, Proper 20
In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 20 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 16:1-13; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Psalm 79:1-9; Jeremiah 8:18-9:1. We discuss the surrounding context of Jesus' teaching of the shrewd steward as well as His wise words about the love of money, take a brief look at Paul's "first of all" charge to Timothy,  and meditate on the lament of the Asaph the psalmist and Jeremiah the prophet.Notes:-The Lord is My Courage: Stepping Through Shadows of Fear Toward the Voice of Love, by: K.J. Ramsey-The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse, by: Johnson and Van Vonderan-Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
62:53 09/10/2022
Year C, Proper 19
In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 19 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 15:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Psalm 14; Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28.We consider Jesus' parables about the lost sheep and the lost coin (or the good woman!) and the ways they reveal the celebration over repentance and read Paul's personal testimony of the riches of Christ's mercy. We find the Psalm and Jeremiah's prophetic words to also name the depths of evil, oppression, and arrogance of those who think they are accountable to no one. Over it all, we remember the riches of Christ's mercy and redemptive work of His seeking and finding that which is lost.Notes:-The Lord is My Courage: Stepping Through Shadows of Fear Toward the Voice of Love, by: K.J. Ramsey-The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence, by: Gary A. Haugen and Victor Boutros-The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ by: Fleming Rutledge Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
59:25 09/03/2022
Year C, Proper 18
In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 18 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 14:25-33; Philemon 1-21; Psalm 139:1-5,12-17; Jeremiah 18:1-11.We discuss Jesus' honest description of the cost of being His follower and consider Paul's letter to Philemon regarding his beloved brother in Christ, the once-slave Onesimus. We also wonder at God's omniscience, omnipresence, and omnifiscence displayed in God's creative handiwork, particularly the weaving together of human beings. And we end with a reflection on the metaphor of God's active engagement with people, inviting them to the Good News of repentance and the forgiveness of sins.Notes: -The Bible and Disability: A Commentary (Studies in Religion, Theology, and Disability), by: Melcher, Parsons & Young-The Chosen Season 1, Episode 7 "Invitations" Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
60:14 08/26/2022
Year C, Proper 17
In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 17 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 14:1,7-14; Hebrews 13:1-8,15-16; Psalm 81:1,10-16; Jeremiah 2:4-13.We discuss the layers of Jesus' teaching about being hosts and attendees at banquets in the kingdom, consider the closing exhortations of the book of Hebrews, meditate on the beauty of a festal Psalm that confesses rebellion in the face of the Lord's good generosity, and conclude with a reflection on the scandal of idolatry and broken cisterns when we are invited to drink from a living fountain. Notes: -George MacDonald collected sermons (in devotional form!)-From MacDonald's excellent book, Phantastes: "Yet I know that good is coming to me - that good is always coming; though few have at all times the simplicity and the courage to believe it." Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
38:10 08/20/2022
Year C, Proper 16
In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 16 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 13:10-17; Hebrews 12:18-29; Psalm 71:1-6; Jeremiah 1:4-10.We discuss Jesus' unbinding of the woman who cannot stand straight as well as His rebuke of the synagogue leader who misunderstands the nature of Sabbath restoration. We consider the unshakeable promises of Hebrews 12, the beautiful depiction of the Psalmist's trust in the Lord, and the dramatic call of the prophet Jeremiah.Notes:-Kingdom, Grace, Judgment: Paradox, Outrage, and Vindication in the Parables of Jesus, by: Robert Farrar Capon-The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection, by: Robert Farrar Capon Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
60:45 08/12/2022
Year C, Proper 15
In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 15 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 12:49-56; Hebrews 11:29-12:2; Psalm 80:1-2,8-18; Isaiah 5:1-7.We discuss the Lord's love for His people, as seen in His provision and care for His vineyard Israel and His promised future and faithfulness for all His people. We also consider the bitterness of injustice and wickedness that comes from those who know the Lord's will, reject it, and instead cause injury to others. And finally we remember the example and invitation of Jesus's endurance, hope, and joy. Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
62:13 08/06/2022
Year C, Proper 14
In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 14 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 12:32-40; Hebrews 11:1-16; Psalm 50:1-8,23-24; Isaiah 1:1,10-20.We discuss Jesus' teaching about stewardship, specifically the story of a household waiting expectantly for the master's return. We consider the exemplary heroes in the faith who speak and act as though they are seeking the city God prepares for them. We briefly look at the Psalmist's reminder of God's preeminence as Judge of the earth and pair it with Isaiah's damning proclamation of judgment against injustice clothed in religiosity. Over all, we welcome the Lord's invitation to listen and repent and reflect on His generosity. Notes:-Randy Alcorn's book Money, Possessions, and Eternity-T.S. Eliot reading "Journey of the Magi"-Excerpt from LMM Montgomery's "Anne of the Island"-CS Lewis quote: “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” - from "The Weight of Glory" which is worth reading in full. Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
65:21 07/29/2022
Year C, Proper 13
In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 13 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 12:13-21; Colossians 3:1-11; Psalm 107:1-9, 43; Hosea 11:1-11.The readings this week are rich: Jesus' parable of the fool storing up treasure; Paul's exhortation to renew our minds and hide ourselves in Christ, thereby putting off the old disordered, idolatrous ways of relating and speaking; the Psalmist's recurring refrain of people in impossible situations calling out to the Lord for rescue; and the tender picture of the Lord upholding his child Israel. In our podcast conversation, we discuss the threads, woven throughout, that reflect the generosity of God's gracious provision and love, the rebellion of idolatry, the tender mercy of God's rescue, and the invitation to hide our lives in Christ as our home.  Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
53:52 07/23/2022
Year C, Proper 12
In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 12 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 11:1-13; Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19); Psalm 85; Hosea 1:2-10.We discuss Jesus' teaching on prayer, Paul's theological focus on Christ's supremacy as an antidote for legalism, the quiet beauty of the Psalm, and the context for Hosea's ministry. Notes:Here is Fr Aaron's brief liturgy for listening in prayer! Click here for a full-page (large print) version.Click here for a postcard-sized version:And if you'd like a 7-minute walkthrough to explain this liturgy, you can follow this link for Fr Aaron's explanation. We hope this serves you in your connection with God!-A Diary of Private Prayer, by: John Baillie-A selection of Chronological Bibles Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
66:59 07/17/2022
Year C, Proper 11
In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 11 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 10:38-42; Colossians 1:15-28; Psalm 52; Amos 8:1-12.We begin at the home of Mary & Martha and consider the way Jesus sees and names Martha's condition, invites her to intimacy, and gently corrects her desire to boss her sister. We discuss Paul's masterful doxological and pastoral approach. We note the devastating backdrop for the lament of Psalm 52 and the powerful prophetic message of Amos and how it can speak to us as we witness injustice and suffering.Notes:Beyond the Darkness: A Gentle Guide for Living with Grief and Thriving after Loss, by: Clarissa MollThe Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse, by: Johnson and Van VonderanRedeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the ChurchT-shirt "Jesus said, 'Leave her alone'"New website! Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
74:36 07/08/2022
Year C, Proper 10
In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 10 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 10:25-37; Colossians 1:1-14; Psalm 82; Amos 7:7-17.We begin with the expert in the law's question, "Who is my neighbor?" and Jesus' incisive and direct response in the story of the Good Samaritan. We consider the affectionate companionship of Paul and his colaborers at Colossae, and we discuss the welcome reverberation of God's intention for compassion, mercy, and justice as found in the Psalm and Amos.Notes:NIV Chronological BiblePrayers of the People with the Lectionary Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
72:52 07/01/2022
Year C, Proper 9
In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 9 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 10:1-11, 16-29; Galatians 6:1-16; Psalm 30; 2 Kings 5:1-14.We discuss Jesus’ commission to the 72 to go before Him, healing the sick and proclaiming that the Kingdom has drawn near; Paul’s closing instructions to the church at Galatia; the emotive rhythms of Psalm 30;  and a young Israelite girls’s proclamation that healing could be found in the kingdom of Israel, even for an enemy Syrian commander named Naaman.  Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
74:46 06/24/2022
Year C, Proper 8
In this episode, we discuss the readings for Proper 8 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 9:51-62; Galatians 5:1,13-25; Psalm 77:1-2,11-20; 2 Kings 2:1-2,6-14.We discuss the town in Samaria rejecting Jesus and His followers' response, the freedom we have in the Spirit to love our neighbors as ourselves, the Psalmist's majestic description of God's glory revealed in nature, and the dramatic moment when Elijah is taken up in a whirlwind.Notes:By the Well Lectionary PodcastSame Old Song Mockingbird Lectionary PodcastBeth Moore's twitter thread on 2 Kings 2 Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
66:42 06/19/2022
Year C, Proper 7
In this episode, we discuss the readings for Proper 7 (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Luke 8:26-39; Galatians 3:23-29; Psalm 42-43; 1 Kings 19:1-15.We explore Jesus' encounter with the Gerasene demoniac - the destitution of his life and the restoration Jesus brings, Paul's repeated use of the theme of being clothed with Christ, the emotional honesty of the Psalms of lament, and the dramatic story of Elijah's...burnout? need for a snack and a nap? searching for the Lord? Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
80:40 06/10/2022
Year C, Trinity Sunday
In this episode, we discuss the readings for Trinity Sunday, the first Sunday after Pentecost (Year C in the lectionary cycle): John 16:12-15; Romans 5:1-6; Proverbs 8:1-4,22-31; Canticle 13; Psalm 8.We discuss the origins and challenges of Trinity Sunday, wonder how the disciples would have received Jesus' words about the promised Holy Spirit, consider in the playfulness of wisdom, and enjoy the beauty of a familiar Psalm.Notes:-Dwell Bible app-Lectio Divina-Bruce Waltke's commentary on Proverbs (note the link is to volume 1 of 2)-St. Patrick's Breastplate: choral arrangement or Advent Anglican's 2020 arrangement (near the bottom of the page). Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
65:41 06/03/2022
Year C, Pentecost Sunday
In this episode, we discuss the readings for Pentecost Sunday (Year C in the lectionary cycle): John 14:8-17,25-27; Romans 8:14-17; Psalm 104:25-37; Genesis 11:1-9; Acts 2:1-21.We consider Jesus's promise to not leave us as orphans and to send the Holy Spirit, adopting us as children and heirs. We discuss the Psalm's joyful delight in God's creative generosity, and the oft-edited out prayer to judge the sin and wickedness that so mars and offends His life-giving work. We conclude by contrasting the arrogant building up of Babel and its division of languages to the humble receiving of God's gift come down at Pentecost with uniting of many people despite their varied languages.Notes:-Wikipedia explains Whitsunday (also known as Whitsun or Whitsun Day)-Fleming Rutledge's The Crucifixion: Understand the Death of Jesus Christ-Michael S. Heiser's The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
66:21 05/27/2022
Year C, 7th Sunday of Easter
In this episode, we discuss the readings for the seventh Sunday in Easter (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Acts 16:16-34; Psalm 97; Revelation 22:12-21; John 17:20-26. We also consider the Gospel and Epistle readings for Ascension Day: Luke 24:44-53 and Ephesians 1:15-23.We consider Jesus's high priestly prayer for all believers, the closing verses of the New Testament and their free and glorious promise of a safe and secure new city, the way creation invites wonder and awe at the Lord's unparalleled glory, and the keep-you-up-all-night sequence of Paul & Silas' time in Philippi. Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
76:46 05/20/2022
Year C, 6th Sunday of Easter
In this episode, we discuss the readings for the sixth Sunday of Easter (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; John 14:23-29; Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5.We consider the layered implications of the Upper Room Discourse, the magnificent promise that the Lord dwells with His people, the beauty of the New Jerusalem and the promised healing for all nations, and the personal and intentional welcome of Lydia and other Gentiles into the early church. Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
64:58 05/13/2022
Year C, 5th Sunday of Easter
In this episode, we discuss the readings for the fifth Sunday of Easter (Year C in the lectionary cycle): Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 148; Revelation 21:1-6: John 13:31-35.We consider what it means to be Jesus' children marked by His love that we have for one another, the glorious heart-longing promises ofRevelation 21, the hymnody of all creation commanded to praise the Lord, and the early church's unshakeable trust in the Spirit's guidance and remarkable joy over the inclusion of the Gentiles.Other notes:Kemper Crabb's The VigilDr. Bruce Waltke's An Old Testament Theology: An Exegetical, Canonical, and Thematic Approach Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.
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