Lectionary: Year A: May 1 through July 31, 2014
by Remington Slone
Whether or not a pastor follows the Lectionary, this perceptive commentary should prove valuable for preachers, seminary students, and lay readers seeking to expand their understanding of many Biblical passages from both Testaments.
From the Editor-In-Chief
by Jin Hee Han
The self-portrayal of God in Exodus 15:26 is dear to my heart. In it, God says, “I am the LORD who heals you” (NRSV; emphasis added). The Semitic cognates of the verb used here suggest that the Hebrew may have included an underlying meaning of “stitching.” When we are broken and torn, the Lord stitches us and restores us to health. The Lord is our healer.
Deadly Connections: Idolatry, Addiction, Economics, and Politics
by Alice Ogden Bellis
While neither Hosea 12:7-9 nor Romans 1:24-25 refers directly to addiction, the problems associated with it can be teased out of Hosea’s historical context. Other parts of Hosea deal with idolatry, as do the focal verses in Romans. The powerful connections among idolatry, addiction, economics, and politics constitute a serious malady today, that could also be observed in biblical times.
Discipleship as the Subversive Way of Jesus
by Sang Meyng Lee
The Gospel of Mark concentrates on how Jesus fulfilled the role of the suffering servant on his journey to the cross. It is a crucial irony that Jesus is not only the suffering servant, but he is also the Son of God. The true disciple understands this irony in relation to Jesus’ identity.
Is There Discipline in Our Discipleship?
by Joseph Crockett
Important for transforming non-adherents into students, followers, and apprentices of a leader, discipline is a necessary, though not the only important, task in the life of a disciple. Jesus and others make clear the crucial connections between discipline and discipleship.
“Follow Me”…“He Is Going before You to Galilee”
by Jae Won Lee
Human beings are born out of relationships, live in relationship to others, and are remembered through those relationships. Christian discipleship urges us to return to the foundational relationship between Jesus and his disciples, to reflect upon it in our social locations, and embody it in our daily life.
Imitation Is the Most Sincere Form of…Discipleship
by Christopher S. Peet
The author’s “hermeneutic of suspicion” is aroused when reading a text that seems to demand unquestioning obedience. However, while Dietrich Bonhoeffer makes it clear that in his opinion unquestioning obedience is at the heart of true discipleship, the author offers other suggestions.
Call and Discipleship
by Jennifer M. van Zandt
There are growing numbers of “Spiritual but Not Religious” people leaving the institutional church for their own rituals and ways of relating to God. Too many people in formal churches are assisting in this slow death by focusing on Attendance, Budget, and Children instead of making Disciples.
Keeping the Faith: Suggestions for Parents and Church Leaders
by Martha Flavell
When students leave home for college or a job, it has been shown that many fall away from their faith. What can parents and church leaders do to help them realize that sticking to their faith is important? The author offers a thoughtful program for all concerned.