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.

Whether to Job or to Jesus in Gethsemane, God’s reply to prayer may be continued suffering and a life of serving.

The suffering righteous seek relief, but the righteous wealthy face an even greater challenge.

A righteous person may suffer, but some hear about a Son of God caring for the children.

Threats come to God’s people from the outside, but the disciples also find friendly people.

The Family of God includes: the marvelously capable woman, the Torah-directed man, the modest doer of good works, and the child in Jesus’ arms.

Wisdom is in the streets, and along a road toward Jerusalem.

What is wise in the ordinary world may be reversed by divine mercy.

God’s Word is sometimes exuberant and spontaneous, especially after a great liberation from binding convention.

The House of the Lord is honored as the house of prayer, but in time a faithful remnant finds a new holy center.

Wisdom comes through Reverence of the Lord, and through the gifts that create human communion.

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