Biblical Words

Biblical Words—Lectionary Studies

Jay Wilcoxen spent twenty years teaching Bible at the University of Chicago, before becoming involved in hospital management and finances. In the tradition of the Apostle Matthew, Jay combined accounting and scripture interpreting in his years at Protestants for the Common Good, and in retirement he stills cheers for the causes at Community Renewal Society. Jay's mission is to listen for a Christian Progressive message in the plain and direct sense of the Lectionary readings.

Out of judgment there comes a voice, which prepares the Way. 

The suffering ones cry out, How long O Lord?  Advent begins with God’s judgment on a world of violence, greed, and oppression. 

God’s special care is for the lost sheep, “the least of these,” to whom God sends the good shepherd, Christ the King. 

People of faith live in times of Waiting – in oppression, in repentance, in newly awakened hope, in responsibility for time and talent.  

After God’s great redemptive acts, the faithful live on in the world, challenged to keep the faith and be prepared. 

God’s awesome deeds create leaders, but titles and pomp are not for the Lord’s humble servants. 

Moses was an awesome servant of God.  Later generations would revere him and the Commandments he delivered.

Israelites wondered how God was present to Moses, and Jesus expected us to distinguish God’s stuff from the Emperor’s. 

The chosen people may commit great sin, but God’s purpose still prevails through God’s own mediating servants. 

The Law of God is an awesome revelation, but the divine patience is even more profound. 

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