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 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.

Fathers and children may symbolize God’s disciplining and love, with prayers freeing the children from fears and want.

For some peoples prophets have words of doom; for others the reign of Wisdom means an urgent altering of priorities.

The judgment of God can mean national death, though God’s true will is for the practical compassion of the Good Samaritan.

Prophets and apostles bring healing and a time of decision for villages along the way.

The power of God’s Spirit is transmitted from leaders to followers, imposing great demands, but opening a life of mutual love.

Prophets and apostles encounter hard times, including death-threats, demons, and separate tables.

The law and its works may be abused by the wicked and the hypocritical, requiring a gospel of freedom and a forgiving Lord.

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