Giving Thanks in the Land

The OT lesson for Thanksgiving Day this year is from Deuteronomy 26: 1-11. Before you write this off as another boring, dusty, irrelevant text, take a brief moment to read it here. In a season where my tradition has alienated almost everyone, I am especially reminded of the biblical mandate for welcoming, caring for, and loving…

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Woe to the Shepherds

The Old Testament lesson from the lectionary this week is from Jeremiah 23:1-6. In the first two verses, God gives a stern "Woe" to Judah's leaders, accusing them of driving God's flock away. The former shepherds in question are the kings of Judah who have failed to protect the flock. In the previous chapters, Jeremiah…

Climbing Trees

This week's gospel reading from the Revised Common Lectionary comes from Luke 19. Those of us with the unique pleasure of attending a Vacation Bible School will immediately start singing the song. "Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was he!" Geez! Can you imagine if Zacchaeus was around to hear this song?…