SUMMIT TO SHORE: Theologically and philosophically informed eclectic ruminations on everything between summit to shore, especially cycling, hiking and backpacking, kayaking, religion, spirituality, philosophy, theology, politics, culture, travel, poetry, and creative writing by John Edward Harris, a progressive Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Minister of the Word and Sacrament.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Lectionary Ruminations 2.0 for Sunday, April 19, 2015, the Third Sunday of Easter (Year B)
Ruminations 2.0 is a revised continuation of Lectionary Ruminations. Focusing on The Revised Common Lectionary Readings for the upcoming Sunday from New Revised
Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible, Lectionary
Ruminations 2.0 draws on nearly thirty years of pastoral experience. Believing that the questions we ask are often
more important than any answers we find, without overreliance on commentaries I
intend with comments and questions to encourage reflection and rumination for
readers preparing to teach, preach, or hear the Word. Reader comments are
invited and encouraged. All lectionary
links are to the via the PC(USA)
Devotions and Readings website. FOR
AN UPDATED AND REVISED VERSION, GO TO THIS LINK
3:1 It is one thing to be
called a child of God. It is another thing altogether actually to be one.
3:2 Who is the “he” yet to
be revealed? Does John have another—a second—revelation
3:3 Why the emphasis on
3:4 I though sin was
separation from God. John’s definition
of sin seems more instrumental and less existential than I am comfortable with.
It is, however, one of the shortest definitions I know of.
3:5 John defined “sin” in
the previous verse but writes about “sins” in this verse. What is the
difference between sins (plural) and sin (singular)?
3:6 This reads like pretty
strong language, especially when, as a Reformed Christian, I have been raised
that we all sin and fall short of the glory of God. What does “abide” mean and
what is it all about?
3:7 What is the difference
between being a child and a little child?
Does this verse, especially in light of verse 4, lead to a theology of
24:36b Where was Jesus
standing and among whom was he standing?
What is the meaning of “peace be with you” and does it mean anything
more than usual when spoken by the resurrected Jesus?
24:37 What is the
difference between being “startled” and being “terrified”? Have you ever
thought you saw a ghost?
24:38 What doubts was Jesus
referring to? Does fear necessarily give rise to doubt?
24:39 The resurrected Jesus
may have had flesh and bones, but resurrected flesh and bones, and therefore
something inherently different than our pre-resurrected flesh and bones.
24:41 How does joy exist in
the midst of disbelief and wonder? Do ghosts hunger?
24:42 Why do we not have
the tradition of serving broiled fish on Easter morning or sometime on Easter.
24:43 Do ghosts eat?
24:44 The fish are Jesus’
words? The actions are his words? What was he talking about? Note the threefold TANAKH.
24:45 How does Jesus open
OUR minds to understand the scriptures?
24:46-47 Where is thusly
24:48 Witnesses of what
things? 24:36b-48 Why does Luke tell us about broiled fish rather than bread. Is the author substituting fish and bones for flesh and blood, bread and wine, or are there no Eucharistic overtones here?
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