The Story of Bartimaeus – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the social, economic, political, and cosmological features of the Gospel. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday October 23-29, Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024) Jeremiah 31:7-9 Psalm 126 Hebrews 7:23-28 Mark 10:46-52 Most Lutheran congregations willRead More →

Restoring Right Relationship – Nick Utphall reflects on breaking the perpetual cycle of scapegoats and violence. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday October 16-22, Year B (2018, 2021, 2024) Isaiah 53:4-12 Psalm 91:9-16 Hebrews 5:1-10 Mark 10:35-45 From top to bottom this week, the lectionary readings seemRead More →

Jesus as Suffering Servant – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the exemplar for our relationship with all of Earth community. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday October 2-8, Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024) Isaiah 53:4-12 Psalm 91:9-16 Hebrews 5:1-10 Mark 10:35-45 Two Sundays ago weRead More →

To Stand Beholding – Tom Mundahl reflects on an alternative to our cravings and their resulting garbage. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday September 25 – October 1, Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29 Psalm 19:7-14 James 5:13-20 Mark 9:38-50Read More →

“This is what love looks like!” – Tom Mundahl reflects on resisting global climate change. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday September 11-17, Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 116:1-9 James 3:1-12 Mark 8:27-38 In his thoughtful commentary on Second Isaiah, PaulRead More →

Earth, Sky, and Water – Tom Mundahl reflects on “the commons” we all share. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday August 28 – September 3, Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 Psalm 15 James 1:17-27 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 We have spentRead More →

Marriage, Family, and the Community of Creation – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the profound mutuality between male and female in creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday October 2-8, Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024) 1 Kings 19:4-8 Psalm 34:1-8 Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2 John 6:35,Read More →

Impossible for Humans but Possible by God’s Grace – Dennis Ormseth reflects on Jesus calling people to relinquish wealth for others and on behalf of all creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday October 9-15, Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024) Amos 5:6-7, 10-15 PsalmRead More →

Reaching to the Heart of Faith – Tom Mundahl reflects on the church’s response to climate change. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday September 4-10, Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  Isaiah 35:4-7a Psalm 146 James 2:1-10,14-18 Mark 7:24-37 Although in our care for creation weRead More →

Shepherds and Children – Tom Mundahl reflects on restoring a healing relationship with the natural world. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday July 17 – July 23, Year B (2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  Jeremiah 23:1-6 Psalm 23 Ephesians 2:11-22 Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 The readings forRead More →