Reforming the Reformation – Tom Martin reflects on iconoclastic homiletics for Reformation Sunday. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary Readings for the Reformation Sunday, Year A (2023, 2026) Jeremiah 31:31-34 Psalm 46 Romans 3:19-28 John 8:31-36 Stories of Beginnings are, like the fields of force reaching out from the quantum void, vehiclesRead More →

Free Speech for Truffula Trees and Brown Bar-ba-loots – Tom Martin reflects on Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, eco-justice, and glossolalia. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary Readings for the Day of Pentecost, Year A (2023, 2026) Acts 2:1-21 Psalm 104:24-34, 35b 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 John 7:37-39 Pentecost is about liberation.  To craftRead More →

Stepping into Theological Uncertainty – Tom Martin reflects on what we are called to do as God’s Servant. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary Readings for the Baptism of Our Lord, First Sunday after Epiphany, Year A (2014, 2017, 2020, 2023, 2026) Isaiah 42:1-9 Psalm 29 Acts 10:34-43 Matthew 3:13-17 The textsRead More →

A “Greta Thunberg” Sermon – Tom Martin reflects on loving pesky teenagers and grizzly bears. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, Year C (2022, 2025)Jeremiah 1:4-10Psalm 71:1-61 Corinthians 13:1-13Luke 4:21-30 Luke’s story of Jesus in his hometown synagogue at Nazareth, artificially divided by the lectionary betweenRead More →

Grace Is Wet – Tom Martin reflects on how water pervades, undergrids, and provides the medium for all life, both physical and spiritual. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for the Second Sunday after Epiphany, Year C (2022, 2025)Isaiah 62:1-5Psalm 36:5-101 Corinthians 12:1-11John 2:1-11 At the level of human concern weRead More →

NOW. – Tom Martin reflects on the prophets and Jesus calling us to ecojustice “today.” Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for the Third Sunday after Epiphany, Year C (2022, 2025)Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10Psalm 191 Corinthians 12:12-31aLuke 4:14-21 The texts from Nehemiah and Luke combine nicely to create a sermon about ecojustice. Read More →

Rev. Dr. Thomas Martin is a native Nebraskan who took his D.Phil. at Oxford Univ. in social science interpretation of the New Testament.  He served United Methodist parishes in Nebraska and has taught at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Midland University.  Now an ELCA pastor, he teaches New Testament courses, environmental ethics, andRead More →