The Secret Code: Revealed to Infants: 4th Sunday in Lent

Matthew 11:20-30; Jonah; Genesis 18:16-33; Genesis 19:1-28

In a report by Luke and Matthew, and skipped by the Elves in both instances, Jesus condemns cities in Galilee for not changing their ways after he had performed miracles: “Damn you, Chorazin! Damn you, Bethsaida! . . . And you, Capernaum . . . you’ll go to . . . → Read More: The Secret Code: Revealed to Infants: 4th Sunday in Lent

Go and Tell John: Third Sunday in Lent

Galatians 1:1-3:5; Matthew 11:1-19

The Elves skip Matthew 11:1, 11:12-15, and 11:20-24; they put 11:2-11 on the Third Sunday in Advent.  Then they pair Matthew 11: 16-19 and 25-30 with Romans 7:15-25a, which is a typical non-sequitur that happens in mid-July.  All this cherry-picking may reinforce Christian dogma, but it hardly contributes to an understanding . . . → Read More: Go and Tell John: Third Sunday in Lent

Counter the Culture: 2nd Sunday in Lent

Romans 12; Matthew 10:37-11:1

The Elves won’t get around to considering specific verses from Romans 12 until late summer (propers 16 and 17), and then they are paired with Matthew 16: 13-28 (considered in last week’s blog, along with Philemon and Romans 6.  So far as scholarship has been able to determine, Paul either did . . . → Read More: Counter the Culture: 2nd Sunday in Lent

Think Globally, Act Locally: First Sunday in Lent

Matthew 10:24-36; Philemon; Romans 6

Matthew’s Jesus says, “Students are not above their masters . . .; there is nothing veiled that will not be unveiled . . . do not fear those that kill the body but not the soul; even the hairs on your head are numbered; I came not to bring peace . . . → Read More: Think Globally, Act Locally: First Sunday in Lent

Living Out the Covenant Part II: 9th Sunday in Epiphany

Matthew 10:1-23; Romans 5:1-8

While the Revised Common Lectionary follows its own esoteric pattern, the end of the season of the Epiphany seems an appropriate time to remember the conditions under which Jesus’ messengers were sent out with the news that the kingdom of God has now been revealed.  Scholars are divided over whether Jesus . . . → Read More: Living Out the Covenant Part II: 9th Sunday in Epiphany