Claiming the Future as Precious Gifts of People and Land. – Dennis Ormseth reflects on acting boldly for restoration and healing. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday November 13-19, Year A (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Zephaniah  1:7, 12-18 Psalm 90:1-8 [9-11] 12 I Thessalonians 5:1-11 Matthew 25:14-30 At first look, the lessons seem to be unrelated to care for creation. We approach the end of the church year, and our focus is directed by the lectionary towards the end of all time. The scriptures for this Sunday before the festival of Christ the King (The Reign of Christ) bear carefulRead More →

Following Jesus as Servant of Creation – Dennis Ormseth reflects on self-centered reasons and altruism. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday August 28 – September 3, Year A (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Jeremiah 15:15-21 Psalm 26:1-8 Romans 12:9-21 Matthew 16:21-28 In our comment on the lections for last Sunday, we presented an argument for the appropriateness of our identification of Jesus as “the Lord, the Servant of Creation.” Authorization for this new title, we suggested, grows out of Jesus’ promise that he would build his church on the basis of Peter’ confession and that it’s use constitutes a proper useRead More →

The Best Title for Jesus?  He is the Lord and Servant of Creation! – Dennis Ormseth reflects on who the Gospel of Matthew tells us Jesus is. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday August 21-27, Year A (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Isaiah 51:1-6 Psalm 138 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20 Who do you say I am? The Lord and Servant of Creation. “But who do you say that I am?” asks Jesus of his disciples in the Gospel for this Sunday after Pentecost. “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God,” his disciple Simon Peter answers. Our own response toRead More →