Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22; Psalm 124; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50
It’s a good thing you’re here today. If you weren’t, you would have to wait another three years for the book of Esther to show up in our lectionary readings. Today’s Old Testament lesson is the only reading from Esther in the entire three-year lectionary cycle.
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a; Mark 9:30-37
One of my most memorable experiences in seminary was in a Christian ethics class. One day, our Professor begged students with children not to hover at the back of the classroom by the doors, for quick exit when their kids became disruptive. Instead, she insisted that these students sit up front [...]