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.

God’s servants agonize over the pain of God’s judgment, but also learn to be humble in the Lord’s work.

And what of the future – land is purchased in a devastated region, wealth is on the wrong side of a terrible abyss.

There is both human and divine pain--because of disasters humans bring upon themselves through the misguided shrewdness of this age.

Those skilled in doing evil bring chaos, while apostles and disciples experience the joy of sinners “found” for a new life.

God keeps bringing up choices--for nations engaged in evil, slave owners living the faith, and disciples on the journey of their lives.

Ancestors are sued for abandoning their God, while others journey on to share the blessed banquet of God.

Prophets experience divine constraint, pilgrims pass through shaking times, and Jesus places compassion above divine law.

God judges his own choice vineyard, and pilgrims find hard going on their way to a better time.

What does God really want? Justice, mercy, and pilgrims who live by faith.

God’s love may temper even God’s justice, but the new life excludes the idolatry of greed.


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