"Peaceable Kingdom," 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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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Mark 6:1-13 Commentary
by Emerson Powery
Before Mark reports John the Baptist's death, the only story in which Jesus is not the primary subject (6:14-29), Mark tells the story of Jesus' hometown rejection.
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Ezekiel 2:1-5 Commentary
by Fred Gaiser
Preachers may "understand" this text too quickly -- as in, Yes, I get it: The preacher is called, like Ezekiel, to proclaim a hard word of God to a recalcitrant people.
2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 Commentary
by Samuel Giere
This pericope focuses on David's coronation and capture of Jerusalem.
Psalm 123 Commentary
by Nancy deClaissé-Walford
Fifteen psalms in the middle of Book Five of the Psalter, Psalms 120-134, all share a common superscription, "Songs of Ascents".
2 Corinthians 12:2-10 Commentary
by Sally A. Brown
Today's second reading comes from the part of 2 Corinthians that some interpreters call Paul's "foolish" letter (2 Corinthians 10:1-13:13).
Something to Do
by David Lose
July 08, 2012
Dear Working Preacher,
There's something kind of raw about Mark's account of Jesus' life that I sometimes find disconcerting but almost always find invigorating. This week it's ...
Brainwave 242- Lectionary Texts for July 8, 2012
Join Profs. Karoline Lewis, David Lose, and Matt Skinner for a conversation around preaching the lectionary texts for Pentecost 6: Ezekiel 2:1-5, 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10, Psalm 123 (2), 2 Corinthians 12:2-10, Mark 6:1-13