Evangelectionary Reflection for Sunday, August 20

By Jonathan Shively Focus Texts:  Isaiah 56:1, 6-8; Psalm 133 Reflection: Today’s texts brought two things immediately to mind. The first is that some of us tend to sabotage ourselves and the mission God has for us. How do we sabotage? Well, sometimes by taking actions that we know work against the desired outcome. But […]

Evangelectionary for Sunday June 25

Texts:  Genesis 22:1-14; Psalm 13; Jeremiah 28:5-9; Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18 Writer: Jonathan Shively Reflection on Faithfulness: I have a friend who in her mid 40s has been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. As pervasive as cancer is, I suspect you may have a relative or friend who has fought a similar battle. Maybe you yourself […]

Evangelectionary for Sunday, May 21st

Texts: Acts 17:22-31; Psalm 66:8-20; 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21 Theme: Experience and Response Message: In the passage from Acts, Paul addresses the Athenians about their worship of an unknown god. Paul is revealing the living God of all creation.  Paul’s description of God (the theological statement made by Paul) is compelling and important. He describes a […]

Evangelectionary for Sunday, February 5, 2017

Texts:Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12); Psalm 112:1-9 (10); 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16); Matthew 5:13-20 Reflection: I remember a number of years ago attending a lecture of a well-known theologian. My seminary classmates and I were looking forward to the excellent intellectual stimulation that surely would be prompted by his speech. No doubt great ideas and provocative insights would […]

EvangeLectionary for Sunday, January 22, 2017

Texts:Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1, 4-9; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23 Reflection: Have you ever tried to hold a conversation with a five-year-old about some imaginary part of their life? The conversation does not need to go on for long before joining in, making peace with their imaginary friend or taking an interest in the world […]

EvangeLectionary for Sunday, January 15, 2017

Texts:  Isaiah 49:1-7  • Psalm 40:1-11  • 1 Corinthians 1:1-9  • John 1:29-42 Reflection: Because we live over 750 miles apart, I had not seen my mother for several months. We were fortunate to attend a conference where I was working and she was a participant. We arranged to get together for dinner and decided the easiest thing to do would […]

Evangelectionary for December 11, 2016 – Third Sunday of Advent

Texts: Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146:5-10, Luke 1:46b-55, Matthew 11:2-11 Reflection (focusing on Matthew 11:2-11) This week’s texts include the simple words from Matthew’s gospel, “Go and tell John what you hear and see.” (Mt. 11:4) The guy who had been crying out in the wilderness, baptizing people who were waiting for their savior, and now found himself imprisoned in […]