Alternate First Reading

Girl in field of flowers gazing at sunset
Commentary on Jeremiah 18:1-11

What is the purpose of prophets and prophecy? This question [...]

lavish spread of fruit and crackers
Commentary on Jeremiah 2:4-13

Jeremiah 1 introduced the prophetic ministry of Jeremiah by depicting God’s call upon Jeremiah’s life. [...]

bird with extended wings feeding from open hand
Commentary on Jeremiah 1:4-10

As we prepare to preach on Jeremiah 1:4-10, we need to decide from which perspective [...]

Night sky with stars, silhouetted figures visible in foreground.
Commentary on Isaiah 5:1-7

The lectionary text found in Isaiah 5:1-7 presents the preacher with an opportunity to preach [...]

Lamb with knit hat held like a baby by shepherd
Commentary on Isaiah 1:1, 10-20

This week’s reading from the book of Isaiah invites us [...]

Man extending arms to sky in front of sunset over city
Commentary on Hosea 11:1-11

God’s identity as “Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, [...]

Man praying in dimly lit room
Commentary on Hosea 1:2-10

The book of Hosea begins with a shocking command to the prophet, “Take a wife [...]

Metal sign with
Commentary on Amos 8:1-12

Amos describes a basket of summer fruit shown to him by God. This visual image [...]

Commentary on Amos 7:7-17

Amos 7:7-9 describes the third in a series of four visions. After the first and [...]

Commentary on 2 Kings 5:1-14

The text for this week is populated by an unusual number of characters, the effect [...]