As both of my faithful readers know, I preach along with the Narrative Lectionary. That particular Lectionary runs from early September through the Easter season (Pentecost). There are supplied texts for the Summer months, a couple of series suggestions. Some may follow those. I am adapting them. So, I’ll finish the series through Romans this coming Sunday. In July and August we will have five or six Sundays exploring some themes from Hebrews. With a few special Sundays sprinkled in there, we will be back to the Narrative Lectionary September 8th as we begin a journey through the Bible again. This will be my third year following the NL. If you’d like to know my thoughts about why I follow this pattern of preaching you can find them HERE.
So, for the past several week’s I’ve been stringing together a series of texts with the “I Am Not Ashamed” trope. I will conclude those thoughts this week (Lord willing) by suggesting that we are not to be ashamed of our Christian Family. I know we can act in ways that bring shame, but I am looking to highlight the variety of people in the church, the need to work and serve together, and the wonderful gospel doxology at the end of Romans to end our series.
It’s easy to just glaze over that section of chapter 16. Paul does love his lists. But this is an exciting list … a deaconess … a courageous evangelistic couple … a host of a housechurch … the controversial “Apostle” Junia (Junias?) … the first convert in Asia … a woman who was like a mother to Paul … and kissing. You know you can’t wait to study this passage! Reading through that passage reminds me of the Spirit of God who creates new life and is alive in the church! Over-arching the book of Romans is Paul’s effort to show that Christians of all ethnicities and religious backgrounds are brought together into one family of God by the powerful Gospel of Christ.
I’m looking forward to the Hebrews series. Right now it looks like this (subject to change!):
- July 7 Hebrews 1:1-4 (John 1:1-5)
- July 14 Hebrews 2:10-18 (Matthew 12:46-50)
- July 21 Hebrews 4:14-5:10 (Matthew 26:36-40)
- August 4 Hebrews 9:1-14 (Matthew 12:1-6)
- August 18 Hebrews 11 or 12
- August 25 Hebrews 13
In a not-very-typical occurrence, I have some speaking engagements I want to share with you. If you are in the area I’d love to invite you to come out and spend some time together studying and sharing with a local church family.
- June 19 South Main Church of Christ in Greenville, MS
- July 14 Johnson Grove Church of Christ, Brookhaven, MS (5 pm service only)
- July 24 Jackson Street Church of Christ, Monroe LA
- August 14 Levy Church of Christ, North Little Rock, AR
Because we are between seasons, there may not be as much activity in my FB group called Narrative Lectionarians but you’re still welcome to join in. If you’re still reading, Thank you!