"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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Second Sunday of Advent
Mark 1:1-8 Commentary
by Paul S. Berge
To an observant reader, one notes that the first verse in the gospel of Mark does not contain a main verb: "The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God" (1:1).
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Isaiah 40:1-11 Commentary
by Samuel Giere
With these opening words of Second Isaiah (chapters 40-55), the prophet offers a balm for the festering wounds of exile.
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 Commentary
by Rolf Jacobson
The psalm assigned for last week (Advent 1) included a thrice-repeated refrain that included the petition, "Restore us, O God" (80:3, 7, 19).
2 Peter 3:8-15a Commentary
by L. Ann Jervis
The believers to whom Peter writes have, in his view, two interrelated problems: they doubt the coming of Christ and they are drawn to immoral living.
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Brainwave 031: Lectionary Texts for 7 December 2008
December 07, 2008
Join Profs. Karoline Lewis, David Lose and Rolf Jacobson for a conversation around preaching the lectionary texts for 7 December 2008.