"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
Image © by John August Swanson. Artwork held in the Luther Seminary Fine Arts Collection, St. Paul, Minn.
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Binding of Isaac
Genesis 21:1-3; 22:1-14 Commentary
by Karla Suomala
My husband has been very intentional about walking our daughter to school over the last few years.
When we’re in a hurry and he uses the car instead, he feels as if he’s missed out on an important part of the day -- the experience of a journey that proceeds step-by-step rather than block-by-block. Chatting with Meheret, greeting friends and neighbors along the way, enjoying the antics of our dog, and noting the changes in weather and seasons are all benefits of slowing down in our fast-paced life.
But slowing down is really hard to do! Whether we’re driving, eating, working, or spending time at home, it’s difficult to do the things that make up daily life more slowly and with intention. As busy people with too little time and too much to do, we tend to focus on reaching the goal, the end point, or the destination rather than the journey itself. Our drive to reach the finish line or get to the end point extends to the way that we read and think about biblical texts as well. This is particularly true of well-worn texts with which we are familiar ...
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The narrative lectionary is a four-year cycle of readings. Read more.
Narrative Lectionary 091: Binding of Isaac
September 15, 2013
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker for "I Love to Tell the Story," a conversation on Year 4 of the narrative lectionary. This podcast covers texts for Sept. 15, 2013: Genesis 21:1-3; 22:1-14 (corresponding Gospel: John 1:29).