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.

Jesus’ Departure is a separation but not an abandonment of the world.

The Holy Spirit leads Jesus’ followers into new missions and new insights, offering joy to peoples and nations, however embattled by evil they may be.

The peoples of the nations, all of heaven and earth, are included in the new command to love one another.

The Good Shepherd is glorified in power and brings new life to the sheep entrusted to him by God.

The Risen Lord calls and directs servants in the world while a heavenly court praises the worthy Lamb.

The response to the Easter message is Alleluia shouting, awe at the heavenly drama, and a new Presence that empowers mission and forgiveness.

Ecstatic news of God’s new work leads to a vacant tomb – and retelling the gospel story.

… crucified under Pontius Pilate… “Certainly this man was innocent.”

Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem echoed the ancient rituals of the King who battled evil powers and brought victory to the rejoicing people.

From tension to hope – exiles to home, the hungry to harvests, the Law to faith, and a rich consecration for death.


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