Alternate First Reading

Sunshine on grape vines in Italy
Commentary on 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14

Two prophets journey together to the Jordan: the hard-bitten spiritual [...]

hands interlocked in front of beach
Commentary on 1 Kings 19:1-4 [5-7] 8-15a

The account of Elijah’s flight to Horeb follows on the [...]

red dahlia flower in sun
Commentary on Genesis 11:1-9

On Pentecost Sunday, the Church celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit to the early [...]

charcoal black
Commentary on Isaiah 58:1-12

This is a message important enough to shout, to sound the trumpet/ram’s horn in accompaniment. [...]

Mosaic of Christ from Vatican
Commentary on 2 Samuel 23:1-7

Growing up in a rural, black Baptist Church, one of the songs I heard often [...]

Figure standing amid rubble after earthquake
Commentary on 1 Samuel 1:4-20

I hope some preachers will choose this text to preach, and then will read the [...]

Shadow figures on a brick wall
Commentary on Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17

Last week’s commentary on Ruth 1:1–18 outlined the centrality of [...]

Protest signs with
Commentary on Ruth 1:1-18

The book of Ruth is beloved by many, and preachers have a wonderful opportunity over [...]

man praying fervently
Commentary on Job 42:1-6, 10-17

It is often remarked that the epilogue to the book [...]

Stone crucifix against dark clouds
Commentary on Job 38:1-7 [34-41]

I’ve been a public school teacher since August 2008. Part of [...]