First Reading

Group of people standing on beach watching sunset
Commentary on Amos 8:4-7

This is the first of two weeks in which the Old Testament reading is from the prophet [...]

Boy under sprinkler in summer grass
Commentary on Exodus 32:7-14

The foundation from which to build your sermon for this week is Exodus 32:1, appearing [...]

Girl in field of flowers gazing at sunset
Commentary on Deuteronomy 30:15-20

When my children were small, I read parenting advice about [...]

lavish spread of fruit and crackers
Commentary on Proverbs 25:6-7

A preacher following the lectionary rarely encounters the book of Proverbs, but it might be [...]

bird with extended wings feeding from open hand
Commentary on Isaiah 58:9b-14

Isaiah 56-66 addresses the community returning from the Babylonian exile to the dysfunctional and disappointing [...]

Night sky with stars, silhouetted figures visible in foreground.
Commentary on Jeremiah 23:23-29

The hunger for leadership has reached every sector of our [...]

Lamb with knit hat held like a baby by shepherd
Commentary on Genesis 15:1-6

In Genesis 15, Abram has not yet achieved the status of father of the faith. [...]

Man extending arms to sky in front of sunset over city
Commentary on Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14, 2:18-23

“What is this doing in the Bible?” my students frequently [...]

Man praying in dimly lit room
Commentary on Genesis 18:20-32

Today’s text selection contains a fascinating scene that reveals a [...]

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Commentary on Genesis 18:1-10a

The saga of Sarah and Abraham rivals any television soap [...]