American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago

Lectionary Studies for 2016
By Dr. Jay Wilcoxen

Biblical scholar Jay Wilcoxen publishes "Biblical Words" at the Community Renewal Society website. They are also printed for the American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago's EWIND and on the Region's website, with the permission of Dr. Wilcoxen.

These Lectionary Studies are presented in chronological order with the most recent at the top.
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Date/Title  
12/25/2016
Christmas Day Year A
An ecstatic declaration rings out about a Messiah — to oppressed people and to working shepherds.
12/18/2016
4th Sunday of Advent Year A
Births as signs of saving events and the giving of names reveal God's Secret Work.
12/11/2016
3rd Sunday in Advent Year A
Advent looks for a time of healing and joy for people previously excluded from God's safe highway.
12/04/2016
2nd Sunday of Advent Year A
God’s judgment comes through an heir of David, announced by a prophet preaching repentance.
11/27/2016
1st Sunday in Advent Year A
The liturgical year begins with visions that place the world under God’s judgment.
11/20/2016
Reign of Christ Sunday Year C
At the end of the liturgical year, the faithful hear the promise of the Reign of Christ.
11/13/2016
26th Sunday after Pentecost Year C
People of faith hear about paradise on earth, but also about watchfulness before the great time.
11/06/2016
25th Sunday after Pentecost Year C
A new temple and a new life call the faithful to work.
10/30/2016
Sunday before All Saints Day
The Demonic Powers will pass away before the Blessings of the Saints of the Most High.
10/23/2016
23rd Sunday after Pentecost Year C
The spirit of the Lord crosses boundaries of age, class, and gender, humbling the proud and accepting the repentant.
10/16/2016
22nd Sunday after Pentecost Year C
Hearts inscribed with torah, the murmurings of unrelenting prayer – these are the marks of the faithful.
10/09/2016
21st Sunday after Pentecost Year C
Exile (Diaspora) carries God’s blessing to the nations, but that blessing is praised by only a few.
10/02/2016
20th Sunday after Pentecost Year C
The agony of God’s judgment is cruel, but the faithful learn humility in the Lord’s work.
09/25/2016
19th Sunday after Pentecost Year C
And what of the future – land is bought during a siege, ungenerous wealth ends beyond a great abyss.
09/18/2016
18th Sunday after Pentecost Year C
There is both human and divine pain – because of the misguided shrewdness of this age.
09/11/2016
17th Sunday after Pentecost Year C
Those skilled in doing evil bring chaos, while apostles and disciples are joyful because God finds those who are lost.
09/04/2016
16th Sunday after Pentecost Year C
God keeps bringing up choices – for nations engaged in evil, slave owners living the faith, and disciples on the journey of their lives.
08/28/2016
15th Sunday after Pentecost Year C
Chosen people betray the heritage of their God, while others journey on toward the etiquette of God’s banquet.
08/21/2016
14th Sunday after Pentecost Year C
Prophets experience divine constraint, pilgrims pass through shaking times, and Jesus places compassion above divine law.
08/14/2016
13th Sunday after Pentecost Year C
God judges his own choice vineyard, and pilgrims struggle on their way to a better time.
08/07/2016
12th Sunday after Pentecost Year C
What does God really want? Justice, mercy, and pilgrims who live by faith.
07/31/2016
11th Sunday after Pentecost Year C
God’s love may temper even God’s justice, but the new life excludes the idolatry of greed.
07/24/2016
10th Sunday after Pentecost Year C
Fathers and children may symbolize God’s disciplining and love, with prayers freeing the children from fears and want.
07/17/2016
9th Sunday after Pentecost Year C
For some people prophets have words of doom; for others a word of Wisdom that may radically change priorities.
07/10/2016
8th Sunday after Pentecost Year C
The judgment of God can mean the death of a nation, though God’s will is for the compassion of the Good Samaritan.
07/03/2016
7th Sunday after Pentecost Year C
Prophets and apostles bring healing and a time of decision for villages along the way.
06/26/2016
6th Sunday after Pentecost Year C
God’s Spirit empowers followers, imposing great demands, but opening a life of mutual love.
05/19/2016
5th Sunday after Pentecost Year C
Prophets and apostles encounter hard times, including death-threats, demons, and separate tables.
06/12/2016
4th Sunday after Pentecost Year C
Righteous folks suffer from powerful people, but there is a gospel of freedom and a forgiving Lord.
06/05/2016
3rd Sunday after Pentecost Year C
Unexpected interventions make possible new life.
05/29/2016
2nd Sunday after Pentecost Year C
The Lord performs awesome wonders that change things for peoples and nations.
05/22/2016
Trinity Sunday Year C
The Being of God, revealed in creation and redemption, reflects its image in the Human, male and female.
05/15/2016
Day of Pentacost Year C 2016
The Spirit of Pentecost transcends the diversity of languages, and is carried by disciples into an unknowing world.
05/08/2016
7th Sunday of Easter 2016
Jesus' Departure is a separation from but not an abandonment of the world.
05/04/2016
6th Sunday of Easter 2016
The Holy Spirit leads to new missions and new insights, offering joy to peoples and nations, however embattled by evil they may be.
04/24/2016
5th Sunday of Easter 2016
The peoples of the nations, all of heaven and earth, are included in the new command to love one another.
04/17/2016
4th Sunday of Easter 2016
The Good Shepherd, glorified in power, brings new life to God’s people who are in his care.
04/10/2016
3rd Sunday of Easter 2016
The Risen Lord calls and directs servants in the world – while a heavenly court praises the worthy Lamb.
04/03/2016
2nd Sunday of Easter Year C
Easter creates Alleluias, a heavenly drama, and a new Presence empowering mission and forgiveness.
03/27/2016
Easter Sunday Year C
Ecstatic news of God’s new work leads to a vacant tomb – and retelling the gospel story.
03/25/2015
Good Friday Year C
… crucified under Pontius Pilate… "Certainly this man was innocent."
03/20/2016
Palm Sunday Year C
The ancient royal city is visited by a Prince of Peace it will not accept.
03/13/2016
5th Sunday in Lent Year C
From oppression to hope – exiles to home, the hungry to harvests, the Law to faith, a rich consecration for death.
03/06/2016
4th Sunday in Lent Year C
From Old Ways to New Ways: Promised Land, Reconciliation to God, a Prodigal Hitting Bottom.
02/28/2016
3rd Sunday of Lent Year C
People who are thirsty and hungry seek the nourishment of God’s word – a word about repentance, returning to their covenant.
02/21/2016
2nd Sunday in Lent Year C
God’s covenant sets believing servants on journeys – toward a promised land, or the city of the Passion.
02/14/2015
1st Sunday in Lent Year C
Folks who trust in the Lord and confess God’s saving deeds are delivered from temptation by God’s Holy Word.

02/10/2016
Ash Wednesday Year C

In a world darkened by sin, prayers of confession and pleas for forgiveness are the acceptable sacrifices to God.
02/07/2016
Transfiguration Sunday Year C
God’s Glory – awesome and elusive, but marking out special Servants.
01/31/2016
4th Sunday after Epiphany Year C
God calls prophets to deliver news both bad and good, but even good news can be a threat to privileged home folks.
01/24/2016
3rd Sunday After Epiphany Year C
The reading of the scriptures gathers God’s people – and sometimes an Anointed One reads them.
01/17/2016
2nd Sunday After Epiphany Year C
The joy of Epiphany season is that of extravagant weddings!
01/10/2015
Baptism of the Lord Year C
The Spirit and Voice of God prepare a Servant for God’s people.
01/03/2016
2nd Sunday after Christmas Year C
God’s own Word came to people, bringing awesome gifts of grace.

 

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