American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago

Lectionary Studies for 2017
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  
11/05/2017
22nd Sunday after Pentecost Year A
God’s awesome deeds create leaders, but titles and pomp are not for the Lord’s humble servants.
10/29/2017
21st Sunday after Pentecost Year A
Moses was an awesome servant of God. Later generations would revere him and the Commandments he delivered.
10/22/2017
20th Sunday after Pentecost Year A
Israelites wondered how God was present to Moses, and Jesus expected us to distinguish God’s stuff from the Emperor’s.
10/15/2017
19th Sunday after Pentecost Year A
The chosen people may commit great sin, but God’s purpose still prevails through God’s own mediating servants.
10/08/2017
18th Sunday after Pentecost Year A
The Law of God is an awesome revelation, but the divine patience is even more profound.
10/01/2017
17th Sunday after Pentecost Year A
Water from the rock validates Moses’ authority, and John’s baptism anticipates Jesus’ authority.
09/24/2017
16th Sunday after Pentecost Year A
God provides food to a doubting people, and a Generous Employer pays incommensurate wages.
09/17/2017
15th Sunday after Pentecast Year A
Israelites sang God’s triumph over Pharaoh, and Jesus people were taught to forgive each other.
09/10/2017
14th Sunday after Pentecost Year A
Deliverance involves both the redeemed and their enemies, and even the community of love needs ways to keep its boundaries.
09/03/2017
13th Sunday after Pentecost Year A
God’s salvation has critical turning points - a plan to send a deliverer to Egypt, the turn of an Anointed One toward Jerusalem.
08/27/2017
12th Sunday after Pentecost Year A
Oppressed Israel hides a Moses, Peter confesses a Messiah, and Paul calls for a spiritual worship.
08/20/2017
11th Sunday after Pentecost Year A

Israel was first in God’s salvation design, but the goal was an inclusive grace for all people of faith.

08/13/2017
10th Sunday after Pentacost Year A
The stories of Joseph and Jesus are simple, but loaded with challenges to faith, past and present.
08/06/2017
9th Sunday after Pentecast Year A
Israel received its name and destiny in struggle, a struggle that included tension between need and abundance.
07/30/2017
8th Sunday after Pentecost Year A
Life brings reversals, in marriages and in parables, but God promises unending love.
07/23/2017
7th Sunday after Pentecost Year A
Holy places are hidden from profane eyes, and people living by God’s Spirit dwell side by side with the unrighteous.
07/16/2017
6th Sunday after Pentecost Year A
People feel bound by their tribal ethos, but life in the Spirit can lift them beyond such boundaries.
07/09/2017
5th Sunday after Pentecost Year A
The cycles of the generations and the struggles of the soul are promised rest at the end of the journey.
07/02/2017
4th Sunday after Pentecost Year A
The life of faith leads to sacrifices – sometimes beyond belief, but finally as God provides.
06/25/2017
3rd Sunday after Pentacost Year A
Great separations come about, for petty or profound reasons. Yet God goes with the separated.

06/18/2017
2nd Sunday after Pentecost Year A

Awesome Visitors and Traveling Apostles bring good news to the faithful and humble.
06/11/2017
Trinity Sunday Year A
The Fullness of God unfolds as Creator, exalted Humanity, and Spirit sanctifying space and time.
06/04/2017
Pentecost Year A
The Holy Spirit breaks out -- inside or outside accustomed boundaries.

05/28/2017
7th Sunday of Easter Year A

Luke taught that the earthly work of Jesus had an end: the Ascension.
05/21/2017
6th Sunday of Easter Year A
Philosophers learn about an unknown God and disciples receive the Spirit of Truth.
05/14/2017
5th Sunday of Easter Year A
The witnesses to Jesus’ lordship face great costs and great fulfillments.
05/07/2017
4th Sunday of Easter Year A
The Lord - as shepherd - creates a caring and supportive community.
04/30/2017
3rd Sunday of Easter Year A
The risen Lord opens the scriptures, opens the eyes, and opens the way to a new life.
04/23/2017
2nd Sunday of Easter Year A
The apostles, witnesses of the resurrection, open the scriptures and offer forgiveness.
04/16/2017
Easter Sunday Year A
Things become new, victories celebrated, living set in a heavenly light – God’s work of resurrection.
04/14/2017
Good Friday Year A
This is my body ... for the forgiveness of sins.
04/09/2017
Palm Sunday Year A
Hosanna!
04/02/2017
5th Sunday in Lent Year A
As Lent nears its end, the faithful hear rumors of resurrection to a new life in the Spirit.
03/26/2017
4th Sunday of Lent Year A
The God who knows the hearts of mortals sends an Anointed One to bring sight to those who have not seen.
03/19/2017
3rd Sunday of Lent Year A
Lent is a time of trial and testing, when God provides water and a discipline for new life.
03/12/2017
2nd Sunday in Lent Year A
Abraham responded to God’s promise with complete faith, but not all can accept such a challenge.
03/05/2017
1st Sunday in Lent Year A
Humans disobey parents to find a world of hardships and mortality, but the Servant shows a way beyond temptation.
03/01/2017
Ash Wednesday Year A
In a world darkened by sin, prayers of confession and pleas for forgiveness are the acceptable sacrifices to God.
02/26/2017
Transfiguration Sunday Year A
The hidden glory of God’s Servant occasionally shines out for a select few.
02/19/2017
7th Sunday after Epiphany Year A
Receiving God’s Law is a summons to imitate the holy and perfect heavenly Parent.
02/12/2017
6th Sunday after Epiphany Year A
God’s law aims to bring God’s people to maturity, to grown up choices and conduct.
02/05/2017
5th Sunday after Epiphany Year A
God seeks authentic devotion and life in place of the artificial and worldly.
01/29/2017
4th Sunday after Epiphany Year A
God requires a reversal of human goals, so the poor and the meek will inherit the ultimate blessings.

01/22/2017
3rd Sunday After Epiphany Year A

To whom does the Servant come? The light begins in Galilee of the nations.
01/15/2016
2nd Sunday After Epiphany Year A
The Servant of the Lord – on a mission to bring light to the nations.
01/08/2017
Baptism of the Lord Year A
God’s Servant is empowered by the Spirit for a mission to the nations.
01/01/2017
1st Sunday after Christmas Year A
Epiphany is about a brilliant light coming into the world for all the nations.

 

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