Wild Lectionary: Homeless, Unrecognized on the Road

Third Sunday of Easter Luke 24:13-35 By Ched Myers The gospel story begins with Jesus’ family fleeing violence as political refugees, pushed around Palestine by the imperial forces of Caesar and Herod (Matt 1–2; Luke 1–2).

Wild Lectionary: Breath

Second Sunday of Easter John 20: 19-31 By Ron Berezan When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he […]

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” […]

Wild Lectionary: Plastics as a Spiritual Crisis

Palm Sunday Psalm 118:22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. By Sasha Adkins The ever-increasing abundance of plastic trash in land, sea and bodies is, fundamentally, a spiritual problem. Plastics habituate us to accept unhealthy relationships—and not only because our use of them is so typically fleeting. The foundation of […]

Wild Lectionary: Dry earth, Dry bones

Fifth Sunday in Lent Ezekiel 37:1-14 By Carmen Retzlaff The hand of the Lord came upon Ezekiel, who was in exile from his homeland. “The prophet very rarely speaks of God’s face: he feels his hand,” says Abraham Heschel in The Prophets (Harper, 1962). In his vision, Ezekiel feels the hand of the Lord upon […]

Wild Lectionary: There is No New Water. Living Water is Life-Giving Water.

Third Sunday in Lent John 4:5-42 By Rev. Carmen Retzlaff In Central Texas, we think a lot about water. The Texas climate is famously described by meteorologists as, historically, “drought with periods of flooding.” And so it seems. After seven years of droughts in which water wells dried up in our area, the nearby Blanco […]

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: Heaven and Earth, Sun and Moon, Mountain and Cloud

Notes for Lent 2, By Laurel Dykstra Genesis 12 In these four verses two words, rough synonyms, eretz and adamah, are used for land 1 Eretz is used twice in this verse to speak of Abram’s native country, territory or perhaps property. It is linked to his people, his kin. 3 Adamah (same root as […]

Wild Lectionary: When the Spirit Sends You Into the Wilderness

(During Lent, we are journeying daily with King’s Beyond Vietnam. However, we will also continue to post the Wild Lectionary series on Thursdays) First Sunday in Lent Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was […]