Theology in Exile: The Year of Matthew is volume 2 of a series of commentaries on the lectionary readings. Let me make a few disclaimers. I preach from the Revised Common Lectionary almost every week. For those who are unfamiliar with the lectionary, it is a selection of scripture readings including a gospel reading, epistle, psalm, and history (usually but not always from the Hebrew Scriptures) for every Sunday in the church year over a three year cycle. The idea is that through that three year cycle all of the major themes of the Bible are lifted up. The downside of using a lectionary is that there are some passages that are never read in worship. The upside is that the lectionary pushes the preacher to consider passages which may be ignored because they are difficult or challenging to the preacher's theology. It also does push the preaching in a certain arc.
|some of my commentaries|
The author, Sea Raven, is an associate at the Westar Institute (home of the Jesus Seminar) and is part of the Unitarian Universalist tradition. Her blog is found at http://www.gaiarising.org
I was looking forward to getting a more liberal perspective as the vast majority of my commentaries reflect a mainline view. That you get and it is very helpful. She poses 4 questions that permeate the series and which I find very helpful...
1) What is the nature of God? Violent or non-violent?
2) What is the nature of Jesus’s message? Inclusive or exclusive?
3) What is faith? Literal belief, or trust in God’s realm of distributive justice-
4) What is deliverance? Salvation from hell or liberation from injustice?
All in all, I found the volume a helpful addition and it will be used when I come around to year two of the lectionary (beginning in Advent of 2014).
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