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.

Hearts inscribed with torah, the murmurings of unrelenting prayer – these are the marks of the faithful.

Exile (Diaspora) carries God’s blessing to the nations, but that blessing is praised by only a few.

The agony of God’s judgment is cruel, but the faithful learn humility in the Lord’s work.

And what of the future – land is bought during a siege, ungenerous wealth ends beyond a great abyss.

There is both human and divine pain – because of the misguided shrewdness of this age.

Those skilled in doing evil bring chaos, while apostles and disciples are joyful because God finds those who are lost.

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

Chosen people betray the heritage of their God, while others journey on toward the etiquette of God’s banquet.

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

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

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