Vine and Branches Rooted in God’s Good Earth – Dennis Ormseth reflects on hope for all who live in exile from good Earth, Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  Acts 8:26-40 Psalm 22:25-31 1 John 4:7-21 John 15:1-8 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower . . . I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” As part of Jesus’ Last Discourse, this use of theRead More →

Coming Down to Earth – Tom Mundahl reflects on our vocation to make earth a hospitable household for all. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for the First Sunday of Lent, Year B ( 2018, 2021, 2024) Genesis 9:8-17 Psalm 25:1-10 1 Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:9-15 During times of crisis God’s people have not only returned to their foundational stories, but have been called to interpret them in new ways that speak to the community of faith today. This opportunity is especially afforded by the season of Lent, when not only do we prepare candidates for baptism and ruminate on what itRead More →

Faithfulness and Creativity: Robert Saler reflects on the example of Saint Joseph. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  (originally written by Robert Saler in 2013) Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year A (2013, 2016, 2019, 2022) Isaiah 7:10-16 Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 Romans 1:1-7 Matthew 1:18-25 The readings for the fourth Sunday in Advent continue the theme of God’s grace rupturing our quotidian ways of being in the world, and the ways in which the coming of Christ provides a new angle on God’s revelation. This way of framing the matter is important: while Christians affirm that God’s revelation was and is uniquelyRead More →

Following Jesus into Earth: A New Reformation? – Robert Saler reflects on Luke 14:25-33 Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for September 4-10, Year C (2013, 2016, 2019, 2022) Jeremiah 18:1-11 Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 Philemon 1-21 Luke 14:25-33 Lutherans Restoring Creation, as a movement, has been known to speak compellingly of the need for a “new Reformation” – one that moves Christianity towards care for creation in as far-reaching and epochal a sense as the European Reformation transformed western Christianity. In order for us to hold out hope for such a Reformation, however, we must first recognize a basic fact of history: everyRead More →

Life Outside the Garden of Goodness – Dennis Ormseth reflects on overcoming the hostilities that divide us. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday June 5-11, Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024) Genesis 3:8-15 Psalm 130 2 Corinthians 4:13 – 5:1 Mark 3:20-35 “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand” (Mark 3:24-25). This saying of Jesus from this Sunday’s gospel prompts the observation that the American public is currently deeply divided on issues that weigh heavily on the future well-beingRead More →