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.

People of faith hear about paradise on earth, but also about watchfulness before the great time.

A new temple and a new life call the faithful to work.

The Demonic Powers will pass away before the Blessings of the Saints of the Most High.

The spirit of the Lord crosses boundaries of age, class, and gender, humbling the proud and accepting the repentant.

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.

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