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Lent 2 (Year A)
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Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
Can We Start Again? by Walter Bruggemann
Everyone knows about being mired down, fatigued, discouraged, or even immobilized. Both the Abraham text and the Nicodemus text entail going where we have not yet been ... into God’s new life.
Step Into the Wind by Laurel Dykstra
Nicodemus has much to teach First World Christians and people of privilege.
'Go' by Paula Gooder
To his contemporaries, Abraham's leap of faith, which took him and his family into the desert, must have seemed crazy.
When We Love, God Loves by Kari Jo Verhulst
What right do we have to pretend that our travels enjoy some privilege with God? Psalm 121 and the covenant promises of Genesis 12 reassure us that we have a right and a responsibility to carry God's love to the world.
'That the World Through Him Might Be Saved' by Shelley Douglass
Nicodemus ignores the very pragmatic signs Jesus has performed, and focuses on an abstract discussion about second birth - perhaps because he does not really want to accept Jesus' radical vision.
Born to be Wild by Nancy Hastings Sehested
The rebirth experience Jesus proclaimed was not a dew glow of gushy feelings but a new action, moving out of the tiny box of human possibility and into the community of the persecuted.
No Secret Disciples by Wes Howard-Brook
Jesus' encounter with Nicodemus is part of a series of encounters in the book of John in which a person is challenged to give up their previous notions about God and authority. But to the end of the book, Nicodemus fails to realize that he cannot be a disciple of Jesus in secret.
God's Promises to Abraham (Genesis 12:1-4; Romans 4:16-17)
'The Earth is the Lord's': The Land by Walter Brueggemann
To say that the earth is the Lord's, as the Bible does, is a staggering theological and political announcement in the ancient world. But the Hebrew word 'erets also means "land," and the Bible is honest about the fact that the story of the "land," including the land which God promises to Abraham, is always about rival claims, competing power - and God's social experiment in justice for the powerless.
Grounded In Hope by Joyce Hollyday
In a meditation written during the first Gulf war, Hollyday describes how some of the tension in the Middle East arises from a misreading of God's promises to Abraham, the father of "many nations."
Being Born Again (John 3:1-17)
The Law and the Spirit by Jim Wallis
Wallis examines what it means to be born anew, in a radical way, to be changed by the Spirit of God and to become part of God's kingdom.
God So Loved The World (John 3:1-17)
Loving the World by Rose Marie Berger
In a reflection on last year's floods in Pakistan - the result, in part, of human-caused climate change - Berger asks: Really, Divine Creator? You agape this clamoring chaos? And how can humans become part of God's saving project?
"'Born again' is a wonderful gift, but it’s not the end of the journey - it’s just the beginning."
- Thomas Keating, Be Still and Know