Adam Ericksen and Lindsey Paris-Lopez examine the lectionary from a Girardian perspective.

Jesus Lights The Way To Full Inclusion – Girardian Virtual Bible Study, Epiphany 8, Year C

“This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”

Joseph, Jesus, and Solving a National Emergency with Love – Girardian Virtual Bible Study, Epiphany 7, Year C

“You will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

The Poor Own The Kingdom — Girardian Virtual Bible Study, Epiphany 6, Year C

Jeremiah 17: 5-10: “Cursed Are Those Who Trust In Mere Mortals” Doesn’t Condemn Atheists!

Emptiness, Abundance, and the God Who Doesn’t Exist – Epiphany 5, Year C

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I; send me!'”

Throwing Jesus off a Cliff: Jesus, Jeremiah, and Justice for Palestine – Epiphany 4, Year C

The prophets constantly tell how we messed things up by not caring for the widows, orphans, the poor, and the marginalized. They constantly rail against idolatry because worshiping other gods leads us to neglect caring for our fellow human beings.

Is God Violent? – Border Walls, Family Separation, and Jesus’ Mission Statement –  Epiphany 3, Year C

Jesus read from the scroll of Isaiah then offered a short sermon. How did the crowd in the synagogue react?

Jesus Came To Party – Epiphany 2, Year C

Jesus came to party! And he invites us all to join him! This Sunday’s lectionary text is filled with the joy of celebration. And there is much to celebrate!

The Baptism of Jesus: Deconstructing the Fires of Hell – Epiphany 1, Year C

Can the waters of baptism extinguish the fires of hell? Isaiah (43:1-7) gave words of hope during this time of horror. Isaiah says that when you walk through the waters and through the fire, God will be with you and you will not drown and you won’t get burned.

Christmas Eve and the Call to Nonviolence, Year C

Christmas is swiftly approaching, and while for many of us that means a frantic rush to buy and send gifts and decorate our homes, it also means that the arrival of the Fully Human One who will upend our lives and priorities is imminent! This is something for which we can never fully prepare, and yet a joy to celebrate and a blessing to treasure! Isn’t this just like the birth of any child: one tiny person reorients our lives forever. This is how God comes to us.

Mary’s Throwdown – Advent 4, Year C

Young Mary. Unmarried. Pregnant. Living in the heart of a patriarchal culture, in occupied land, in turbulent times. Rejoicing. This is as subversive as it gets. The Magnificat is Mary’s throwdown.

Episode 2: Peace! You Brood of Vipers! – Advent 2 and 3, Year C

The word of God didn’t come to any of those powerful people. It came to John the Baptist. A strange dude hanging out in the wilderness. He told people to repent and receive the forgiveness of sins.

Episode 1 – Apocalyptic Hope – Advent 1, Year C

Apocalypse does not mean “end of the world destruction.” It means an “unveiling” or a “revealing.” According to René Girard, Jesus reveals that God has nothing to do with violence. This means that we are responsible for violence.