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 […]

Praying Ourselves Down From Our Privileged Perch

By Wes Howard-Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson Prayer is central to Luke’s Gospel. The opening scene has the assembly of the people in Jerusalem praying while Zechariah is doing his priestly duty (1.10). The adult Jesus’s first appearance in the gospel is while he is praying (3.21). Luke regularly shows us Jesus at prayer as […]

Have Mercy on Us!

By Wes Howard-Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson The final leg of the journey to Jerusalem begins with this week’s gospel (Lk 17.11-19). Alert readers, though, will note that Jesus and the disciples have not gotten very far. At the very beginning, Luke tells us that “they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready […]

Beyond Christian Duty Into the Way of Jesus

By Wes Howard-Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson Many vivid images are squeezed into this week’s Gospel passage from Luke (17.5-10), including one of the oddest in all the gospels: a tree being “planted” in the sea. Understanding this puzzling passage is even more challenging because the lectionary cuts it out of context. We need to […]