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.

Abraham responded to God’s promise with complete faith, but not all can accept such a divine challenge.

Humans encounter the resistances and defeats of the world as the burdens of sin, but the Servant shows a way beyond temptation.

In a world darkened by sin, prayers of confession and pleas for forgiveness are the acceptable sacrifices to God.

The work of God’s Servant conceals a divine glory and sanction, only momentarily glimpsed by the chosen ones.

Good news about God’s care should deliver the faithful from despair and anxiety.

Receiving God’s Law is a summons to imitate the holy and perfect heavenly Parent.

God’s law or instruction aims to bring God’s people to maturity, to grown up choices and conduct.

God seeks authentic devotion and life in place of the artificial and worldly.

What God requires is a reversal of the world’s expectations, so the poor and the meek will inherit the ultimate blessings.

To whom does the Servant come? The light begins in Galilee of the nations.

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