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.

Even after God’s great redemptive deeds, the faithful live on in the world, challenged to be faithful and 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 imitate his caring and revere the Commandments he delivered.

Thoughtful folks pondered how God was present to Moses, and Jesus expected people 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.

Water from the rock validated Moses’ authority, while John’s baptism for repentance points to the source of Jesus’ authority.

God provides food to a doubting people, and a Generous Employer pays incommensurate wages.

Israelites sang God’s triumph over Pharaoh, and Jesus people were taught to forgive each other.

Deliverance involves both the redeemed and their enemies, and even the community of love needs ways to keep its boundaries.

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