Wild Lectionary: We Despised the Pleasant Land

Proper 23(28) 19th Sunday after Pentecost Psalm 106 By Wes Howard-Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson When you tell the story of your, your family’s, or your community’s journey, what role does the land and its nonhuman creatures play? Central to God’s promise to ancient Israel was a land to call their own, both as a […]

Wild Lectionary: Joseph—God’s Agent or Agent of Empire?

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Proper 15(20) “God has made me lord of all Egypt…” Joseph, son of Jacob (Gen 45.9) “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God.” Paul of Tarsus (Rom 8.19) By Wes Howard-Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson A decade or so ago, we spent two […]

Wild Lectionary: Beware the Cataclysm!

By Wes Howard-Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson, Abide in Me For readers of Wild Lectionary, there is hardly a Scripture passage more fitting than Genesis’ account of the Flood. The powerful, terrifying narrative is often reduced to a kids’ story, replete as it is with “cute” animals in the Ark. But, of course, beneath the […]

Wild Lectionary: Jesus seeds, sprout!

Easter Sunday By Wes Howard-Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson Night and day, woman and man, soil and sky, humanity and God: all these primal pairs are present in this week’s proclamation of the Uprising of Jesus. Each pair echoes an element of the first chapters of Genesis, the foundational narrative of the “religion of creation” […]

Raise the Questions They Cannot Raise

Day 11 in our Lenten Journey through Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech. We have destroyed their two most cherished institutions: the family and the village. We have destroyed their land and their crops. We have cooperated in the crushing of the nation’s only noncommunist revolutionary political force, the unified Buddhist Church. We have supported the […]

Wild Lectionary: Love Flows Like a River

The Third Sunday in Lent John 4 By Sue Ferguson Johnson and Wes Howard-Brook John 4 is like a kaleidoscope. From one angle, it is a story about Jesus’ gender-inclusive invitation to dis-cipleship. Turn it slightly and you can see Jesus seeking to heal a hostile history between Samaritans and Judeans. From yet another angle, […]

Wild Lectionary: The Very Edges of Your Field

Seventh Sunday After the Epiphany “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the […]

Resurrection: The Hope That Vindicates God’s Justice

By Wes Howard-Brook & Sue Ferguson Johnson There is nothing more radical than resurrection. From the time Daniel 12 apocalyptically announced that God raises the dead, the intellectual elite in Judea rejected it. Sophisticated skeptics have always scoffed at the notion that life extends beyond the bounds of death, because such a belief threatens to […]