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.

Israel received its name and destiny in struggle, a struggle that included tension between need and abundance.

Life brings surprising reversals, in married life and in parables, but also God’s promise of unending love.

Holy places may be unseen by profane eyes, and people living by God’s Spirit may be found side by side with the unrighteous.

People feel bound by their tribal ethos, but life in the Spirit can lift them beyond such things.

The cycles of the generations and the struggles of the soul are promised rest at the end of the journey.

The life of faith leads to sacrifices--sometimes beyond belief, but finally as God provides.

The Fullness of God unfolds as Creator, exalted Humanity, and Spirit sanctifying space and time.

The Holy Spirit breaks out--inside or outside accustomed boundaries.

Luke taught that the earthly work of Jesus had an end: the Ascension.

Philosophers learn about an unknown God and disciples receive the Spirit of


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