Tag: prophets

Christian Humanist Profiles 28: Ice Axes for Frozen Seas by Walter Brueggemann

Cultural critics of a certain persuasion will sometimes suggest that the Bible is a force to conserve what is most stable in human society, to call us back from our radical delusions and into a life that deserves not critique but preservation without much question or disturbance.  Not so Walter Brueggemann.  In his famous 1978…

Whose Oracle? Which Prophecy? A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 9 January 2011

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 9 January 2011 (First Sunday of Epiphany, Year A) Isaiah 42:1-9 • Psalm 29 • Acts 10:34-43 • Matthew 3:13-17 I’ll confess that I’ve stopped being open-minded about the “suffering servant” passages in the latter half of Isaiah: the referent in the historical moment of the Babylonian Exile seems pretty…

Some Thoughts on Radicalism: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 21 November 2010

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 21 November 2010 (26th Sunday after Pentecost, Year C) Jeremiah 23:1-6 and Luke 1:68-79 • Jeremiah 23:1-6 and Psalm 46 • Colossians 1:11-20 • Luke 23:33-43 I’ve thought for some time that the conventional distinction between the “Magisterial Reformation” and the “Radical Reformation” could be more precise categorically.  After all,…