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Easter 4A

Commentaries and Lectionary Reflections (RC)(2020)

Commentaries and Lectionary Reflections (RCL)(2020)

  • The Real Deal Shepherd

    by Sharron Blezard
    Richard Rohr, in his book Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, reminds us that we spend the first half of our life figuring things out, self-differentiating, accumulating, and striving to achieve. And then, not surprisingly, most of us turn around and ask, “Is this all there is?” We then spend the last half of our life deconstructing our carefully curated selves in a quest to embrace who we truly are meant to be. Or, as Carl Jung said, “The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”...
  • Lectionary Lab (Easter 4A)(2020)

    Podcast with Delmer Chilton and John Fairless
  • Smelling Like Sheep

    by David Clifford
    Ted Waller reminds us of both the familiarity and importance of the shepherd for Ancient Middle Easterners: The family often depended upon sheep for survival. A large part of their diet was milk and cheese. Occasionally, they ate the meat. Their clothing and tents were made of wool and skins. Their social position often depended upon the well-being of the flock, just as we depend upon jobs and businesses, cars and houses. Family honor might depend upon defending the flock...

    A few years back, I read a spiritual leadership book by Dr. Lynn Anderson. The title of this book was a key learning for me, as a pastor, about what it truly meant to be a shepherd: They Smell Like Sheep. In this book, Dr. Anderson makes a very obvious statement that is sometimes missed when we read of ancient shepherds in the scriptures: “A shepherd smells like sheep.”[3] By this Dr. Anderson means that the shepherd is deeply relational to the flock of sheep. “A shepherd is someone who lives with sheep. A shepherd knows each sheep by name; he nurtures the young, bandages the wounded, cares for the weak, and protects them all.”[4] In the 1 Peter scripture, we are reminded that the shepherd guards our souls...

  • Essential Work

    by Todd Edmondson
  • Easter 4A

    from Faith Futures
  • Easter 4A (2020)

    by Michael Hiller
  • Easter 4A (2020)

    by Peggy Hoppes
  • Easter 4A (2020)

    by James Howell
  • Easter 4A (2020)

    Podcast with Rolf Jacobson, Karoline Lewis, Joy J. Moore and Matt Skinner
  • Bible Study (Easter 4A)

    by Robert Linthicum
  • Pulpit Fiction (Easter 4A)(2020)

    Podcast with Robb McCoy and Eric Fistler
  • I Am My Own Worst Enemy

    Podcast with Taylor Mertins and Sarah Locke
  • The Shepherd Is a Lamb Is a Gate Is a...Human?

    Art and Faith by Lynn Miller
    Recent art conservation added an interesting twist to Christian scripture as an intersection of sheep and humans. The Ghent Altarpiece was created by brothers Hubert and Jan Van Eyck around 1432. The altarpiece is made up of twelve panels that can fold in and expand in several combinations to tell several different stories. The heart of the altarpiece is a panel called "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" (above). At the center of the panel, the Lamb of God stands on an altar, a side wound bleeding into into a chalice. Around the lamb are saints and martyrs. Beneath (in front of) the altar is a fountain inscribed with Revelation 22:1, a reference to the river of the water of life. The panel, and the altarpiece as a whole, are rich in symbols and narrative...
  • Jesus, the Gate

    by Jen Nagel
  • The Valley of the Shadow

    by Dave Risendal
  • Easter 4A (2020)

    by Angus Ritchie
  • Easter 3A

    from Sacra Conversazione
    Fleeing Hitler’s persecution of the Jews, Erich Auerbach found refuge in safety during the war. While there, he wrote his seminal exploration of the Western imagination, Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature. He makes some very important observations about the impact of Christianity. In one place, he offers a keen observation about the “Acts of the Apostles,” from which we will read throughout Eastertide. Auerbach writes: “But Peter and the other characters in the New Testament are caught in a universal movement of the depths which at first remains almost entirely below the surface and only very gradually– the Acts of the Apostles show the beginning of this development– emerges into the foreground of history, but which even now, from the beginning, lays claim to being limitless and the direct concern of everybody, and which absorbs all merely personal conflicts into itself.
  • Easter 4A (2020)

    Care for Creation by Nick Utphall
  • Easter 4A

    by John van de Laar

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