A Scandalous Shock to the System

By Wes Howard-Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson, on this Sunday’s Gospel text (Luke 7:1-10) *Originally posted on May 27, 2016. All the dynamics of this week’s passage from Luke’s Gospel are “wrong.” For instance, how are we to imagine Jewish elders in Capernaum speaking on behalf of a Roman centurion? Further, they paint him as the …

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Wild Lectionary: Pentecost

Pentecost, Year C Acts 2 By Wes Howard Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson “In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young people shall see visions, and your old people shall dream dreams.” (Acts …

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Wild Lectionary: Thomas, Bodies, Touch, and Violence

Easter 2(B) John 20:19-31 By Laurel Dykstra “Doubting Thomas” it’s the name we call someone who demands hard evidence, who won’t accept what we say or who doesn’t share our beliefs. There are all kinds opportunities in the church use that name against someone. All sorts of differences in the beliefs of faithful Christians: angels, …

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Wild Lectionary: No Peace in Heaven, No Peace on Earth

Liturgy of the Palms Year C By Wes Howard-Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, 2 during the …

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Anti-Semitism and Hypocrisy at the Top: a Jewish response

By Wes Howard-Brook Three, young, powerful, brash women of color have come down upon the Capitol and left the old while folks there sputtering in their wake. The most well-known—so much so that she already can be recognized by her initials, AOC—Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY)—has blown the doors off Congress by daring to offer her …

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Wild Lectionary: Seraphim, seed people and fish folk, oh my!: celebrating God’s kaleidoscopic web of life

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany C Isaiah 6:6:1-13 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Luke 5:1-11 By Wes Howard Brook and Sue Furguson Johnson This week’s readings reveal life springing forth from sky, sea and soil: seraphim speak to Isaiah, fish are netted by Simon Peter, and images of fleshy seeds of resurrection flow from Paul’s mouth (in the …

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Wild Lectionary: Word of God in the Wilderness

Advent 2C Luke 3.1-6 By Wes Howard-Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson Just as the CNN and MSNBC cameras turn their lenses to the president and his people, God’s Word comes to an obscure group of folk whose hope is elsewhere. We who read the pages of Radical Discipleship hardly need to be told that our …

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Wild Lectionary: Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees!

Proper 23(28) B 21st Sunday after Pentecost Mark 10:17-31 By Wes Howard-Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson This week’s Gospel from Mark is a familiar one, in which a rich man comes to Jesus seeking the path to inheriting “eternal life.” As Ched Myers noted three decades ago now (!), the key to the story is …

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A Revelation

An excerpt from Tommy Airey’s recent release Descending Like A Dove: Adventures in Decolonizing Evangelical Christianity. A few weeks into 2016, the Flint water crisis went viral. Tap water was poisoned with high levels of lead and bacteria. As complaints from residents came pouring in, city and state officials did nothing to change the situation. …

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