First Samuel 3: 1-10. 11-20 Roughly halfway in time, between the call of Abraham, the father of Israel, and the birth of Jesus, comes this story of the rise of Samuel. The Hebrew Bible stories of this period, of Hannah, Samuel, Saul and David reveal God and his way of bringing his word to that
Acts 1: 15-17, 21-26 In Luke’s description of the beginnings of the early church, the eleven have returned to Jerusalem after the resurrection, occupying the same upper room where Jesus consecrated the last supper. Judas is gone, perhaps to his death, and Peter insists the number of disciples, now called apostles, be returned to twelve.
Acts 8: 26-40 The road from Jerusalem to Gaza passes through desert hills and rough terrain; today it is a multilane highway connecting Jerusalem and TelAviv with the international airport. But in the days following the Resurrection it was a barren landscape. The Apostle Philip, in Luke’s story, had been in Syria preaching the salvation of Jesus
Acts 4: 5-12 It is Jerusalem, Peter and John had been in the court of the temple, had cured a crippled man and were teaching a crowd that had gathered there. This was too much for the priests and captain of the temple. So, with the Sadducees they arrested Peter and John, charging them with blasphemy. But Luke
Acts 3: 12-19 In Luke’s story of the followers of Jesus, Peter and John have raised a crippled man to health in the Great Court of the Temple in Jerusalem. The crowd there is astonished with the sudden change in the man who they knew was unable to stand and walk. Peter, seizing the opportunity, preaches a
‘Tis the Second Sunday of Easter. He is risen, He is risen indeed. Many years ago we called this Sunday, Low Sunday. The excitement of Easter Day was over; the chocolate bunnies were gone. And many clergy were on vacation. Ten days ago we were in the final days of Holy Week, the Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.
Acts of the Apostles 4: 32-35 In the days after the Resurrection, Luke tells us of one of the salient characteristics of the community of followers. Having begun to get over the shock of the death and resurrection, they are now seeking common cause and respect for one another. One way this happens, Luke tells us,
Genesis 9:8-17 The flood that eliminated all the visible world, that would save Noah, his family and selected animals is over; it is time, to populate the earth The priestly writer transmits God’s covenant that never again will life be summarily extinguished. And this promise of God applies not only to Israel, but to all nations that
Second Kings 2: 1-12 As in much of the Books of Kings, this is a story of succession, prophetic succession followed by royal succession. Told in a story of a journey, prophetic leadership in the northern Kingdom of Israel is here passed on from Elijah to Elisha. The journey narrative seems to reflect the opposite of the
Judges 4: 1-7 The book of Judges follows that of Joshua and details the stories and legends of some 200 years of Israel’s life in the conquest of land in Palestine. A judge in those days was a warlord, not a legal decider. The book asks “How did Israel live without a great leader?” The answer: It lived,