Unless – Lois Sorensen reflects on the parables of the bridesmaids and The Lorax.   Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday November 6-12, Year A (2023, 2026)Amos 5:18-24Psalm 701 Thessalonians 4:13-18Matthew 25:1-13 Karl Barth reportedly once said that we should preach as we “hold the Bible in one handRead More →

It Can’t Happen Here – Tom Mundahl reflects on prophetic voice and lament. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday June 19-25, Year A (2020, 2023, 2026) Jeremiah 20:7-13 Psalm 69:7-10 (11-15) 16-18 Romans 6:1b-11 Matthew 10:24-39 When I read Camus’ novel The Plague during my freshman year in college,Read More →

A Community to Serve the Whole Earth – Tom Mundahl reflects on support, endurance, and hope for the challenges we face. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday June 12-18, Year A (2020, 2023, 2026) Exodus 19:2-8a Psalm 100 Romans 5:1-8 Matthew 9:35-10:8 In 2020 the arrival of the novelRead More →

Survival Is Insufficient – Tom Mundahl reflects on the Trinitarian model of “making room.” Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for The Holy Trinity, Year A (2020, 2023, 2026) Genesis 1:1 – 2:4a Psalm 8 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Matthew 28:16-20 This week the church begins the season known as Ordinary Time.Read More →

The Story of Jesus the Servant of Creation – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the triune God of creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for Holy Trinity Sunday, Year A (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023, 2026) Genesis 1:1 – 2:4a Psalm 8 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Matthew 28:16-20 As we noted inRead More →

Atmospheric and Earthly Christ – Carmen Retzlaff reflects on imagery of sky and solidity in the Easter 2 texts. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for the Second Sunday of Easter, Year C (2013, 2016, 2019, 2022, 2025) Acts 5:27-32 Psalm 118:14-29 or Psalm 150 Revelation 1:4-8 John 20:19-31 The EasterRead More →

An Environmentalist-Turned-Pastor Reflects on Ash Wednesday – Lois Sorensen. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for Ash Wednesday in Years A, B, and CJoel 2:1-2, 12-17Psalm 51:1-172 Corinthians 5:20b – 6:10Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Our Old Testament text for Ash Wednesday (Joel 2:1-2, 12-17) certainly has eco-theological aspects. Dennis Ormseth discussed this readingRead More →

Rejecting Dominion – Dennis Ormseth reflects on our status as children of God. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for the First Sunday in Lent, Year C (2016, 2019, 2022, 2025) Deuteronomy 26:1-11 Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 Romans 10:8b-13 Luke 4:1-13 Luke’s version of the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, as Luke TimothyRead More →

Creation Is Our Neighborhood – Jeremiah Sassaman reflects on loving our neighbors. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday October 30 – November 5, Year B (2018, 2021, 2024) Deuteronomy 6:1-9 Psalm 119:1-8 Hebrews 9:11-14 Mark 12:28-34 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. You shall loveRead 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 seem ready-made for sacrificial substitutionary atonement.Read More →