A Parable about Caring for Creation – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the parable of the vineyard. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday October 2-8, Year A (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Isaiah 5:1-7 Psalm 80:7-15 Philippians 3:4b-14 Matthew 21:33-46 The readings for this Sunday after PentecostRead More →

Things Fall Apart: One Center Holds – Paul Santmire reflects on a counter-cultural alternative to a consumer economy. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday September 25 – October 1, Year A (2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32 Psalm 25:1-9 Philippians 2:1-13 Matthew 21:23-32 SomeRead More →

In Praise of Generosity – Paul Santmire reflects on a kairos moment for Americans. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday September 18-24, Year A (2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Jonah 3:10 – 4:11 Psalm 145:1-8 Philippians 1:21-30 Matthew 20:1-16 In the liberal state of Massachusetts, aRead More →

Acceptance in an Economy of Grace – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the parable of the workers in the vineyard. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday September 18-24, Year A (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Jonah 3:10 – 4:11 Psalm 145:1-8 Philippians 1:21-30 Matthew 20:1-16 The readingsRead More →

A Reconfigured Parable – Dennis Ormseth reflects on a parable’s proposal of the unlimited economy of grace. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday September 11-17, Year A (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Genesis 50:15-21 Psalm 103:[1-7]8-13 Romans 14:1-12 Matthew 18:21-35 With a compelling primary theme ofRead More →

Love Your Neighbor! – Dennis Ormseth reflects on cultivating a sense of place, where love for one another includes all of life. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday September 4-10, Year A (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Ezekiel 33:7-11 Psalm 119:33-40 Romans 13:8-14 Matthew 18:15-20 WithRead 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 theRead 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 RomansRead More →

If we are to address Earth-care together, no nation can claim privileged exceptionalism. – Dennis Ormseth  reflects on a global scope for the vision of well-being. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday August 14-20, Year A (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 Psalm 67Read More →

All-Encompassing, Hopeful, and Embodied Faith This week Lutheran’s Restoring Creation is excited to offer a guest commentary from Andrew Thompson, a young adult seminarian.  In his commentary, Andrew reflects on God reaching us through our surroundings and how God’s active presence, within and beyond us, forms us for sustained actionRead More →