First Reading

Seedling growing between iron bars
Commentary on Acts 9:36-43

After introducing Saul to the readers, Luke quickly shifts his attention back to the ministry [...]

heart-shaped rock with
Commentary on Acts 9:1-6 [7-20]

The story of Saul’s encounter with the risen Jesus on [...]

sunrise seen through prairie grasses
Commentary on Acts 5:27-32

The story of the apostles’ trial before the Sanhedrin comes on the heels of their [...]

sunrise over valley
Commentary on Acts 10:34-43

As I am writing this at a street side café in San Francisco, out of [...]

Crucifixion
Commentary on Isaiah 52:13—53:12

Taking the description of the servant at face value, I’m [...]

Jesus washes his disciples' feet
Commentary on Exodus 12:1-4 [5-10] 11-14

“This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; [...]

Three crosses overlooking lake
Commentary on Isaiah 50:4-9a

Adversity can feel like a sign, that perhaps you are going in the wrong direction, [...]

smoke drifting across black background
Commentary on Isaiah 43:16-21

“Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about [...]

charcoal black
Commentary on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17

Joel is a particularly timeless text.1 There are insufficient contextual [...]

old man smiling in doorway
Commentary on Joshua 5:9-12

On this Fourth Sunday in Lent, the Revised Common Lectionary recommends Luke’s Parable of the [...]