My posts for this week’s lectionary text are up over at The Hardest Question. There are two really good (read: challenging) passages for this week. One is from Luke 21 in the section which contains this doozy: “When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified.” I talk about Jesus-like resolve and whether we have it or not. The other passage is from Thessalonians where Christians are encouraged to “keep away from believers who are living in idleness.” I get on my soapbox and attempt to obliterate, once and for all, the notion of being able to use this passage to decry the welfare system. (Do you think it will work? Yeah, me neither. Sigh. Let’s hope to give it a good push in the right direction, though.) I’d love to hear your comments so head over there and give these posts a read.
Also, if you haven’t heard, The Hardest Question is nearing the end of its 3 year tour. It’s been a great 3 years and I’ve loved being part of it. I hope it’s helped you preachers come to the text with a little more oomph and a little less fragility. The text can take it, you guys. The full 3 year lectionary cycle of posts will continue to be archived on THQ. In addition, THQ curator Russell Rathbun is starting his own lectionary experiment in January called Question the Text, which I hope you’ll support.