Ephesians Revisited and John Beheaded | Visual Lectionary for July 14

Ephesians Revisited and John Beheaded | Visual Lectionary for July 14

The readings for the Revised Common Lectionary for July 14 take us to a wide variety of texts. In 2 Samuel we see David returning the ark of the covenant in a parade of worship. We begin a series on the letter to the Ephesians (stay tuned for my video on that later this week). The Gospel reading tells the story of how Herod executed John the Baptist in order to save face during a drunken party.

God and Kings | Visual Resources for Both Lectionaries on October 22, 2023

God and Kings | Visual Resources for Both Lectionaries on October 22, 2023

This post offers visual resources for the Revised Common Lectionary and the Narrative Lectionary for October 22, 2023. The RCL continues with Exodus where Moses encounters the presence of God. It also takes us to Isaiah 45 and 1 Thessalonians. The Gospel is Matthew 22:15-22 where Jesus is asked about paying taxes to Caesar. The NL explores the story when David unified the tribes into one kingdom in 2 Samuel. The Gospel reading in Mark 11:8-10, the Triumphal Entry. I see a unifying theme in these texts that explores God’s expectations for a king or a political authority.

Mirror, Mirror | A Reflection on 2 Samuel 12:1-9

Mirror, Mirror | A Reflection on 2 Samuel 12:1-9

“Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” When the Queen spoke those words in the tale of Snow White, I don’t think she was really asking a question. Did she really want to know the truth, or did she want the mirror to tell...

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