Review Comments for The Year of Mark

The Rev. Dr. J. Carl Gregg, Minister
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick (Maryland)

In the context of the twenty-first century American Empire, Sea Raven helps us respond to the call to read the Bible through a lens of nonviolence and peace with justice. This lectionary commentary will empower your preaching with the insights of postmodern biblical scholarship, geared toward the liberation of ourselves, our society, and our world.

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William H. O’Brien, M.A., M.Div., Director
The Nathaniel Center for Spiritual Growth
Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Sea Raven displays the same irreverent approach to the religious establishment as Jesus Himself in His day. I lead a weekly guided imagery group based on Ignatian Contemplation. We enter a gospel story through the imagination. Often it is congenial for me to explore the passage beforehand in Theology from Exile to clear up any theological mysteries before we begin. I always feel rewarded for my efforts. Volume III: The Year of Mark continues the trend!

Theology From Exile-Volume II The Year of Matthew – A Review


by Fred Plumer, President Progressive

I must admit for twenty three years in the pulpit, I was not a great fan of Lectionary commentaries. The commentaries always seemed too contrived, were overly concerned with nuance and often seemed dated in the scholarship. And now as someone who has spent nearly a decade in the pews in possibly a hundred churches, I have grown weary of pastors struggling to create a sermon out of the lectionary selections, often trying to force two or three of the selections into something meaningful.  So when I agreed to do a review for Sea Raven’s second year set of commentaries, I was hesitant. However, I was delighted to discover that Sea Raven has created something of great value here. Drawing on some of the best and latest scholarship available, she brings new life to words and texts that have lost their meaning and their intention for far too many people, including those leading churches. She accomplishes this with clear and even simple language and a clarity that I find rare with scholars.

As in her first commentary, The Year of Luke, Sea Raven frames her commentaries by responding to four questions: 1) What is the nature of God? Violent or nonviolent? 2) What is the nature of Jesus’s message? Inclusive or exclusive? 3) What is faith? Literal belief, or commitment to the great work of justice-compassion? 4) What is deliverance? Salvation from hell, or liberation from injustice?…