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April 2015
Lectionary Readings

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This interactive demo is designed to give you a taste of what you will actually experience online as a subscriber. The demo lets you sample the resources available for two Sundays prior to today. Click on the Lectionary tab above to see the lectionary readings for every Sunday and festival in the church year. Click on Commentary to read expert commentary on the selected texts. Click on Bible to access the full NRSV. Click on Library to review a list of articles on preaching skills and the challenges of preaching today, including essays from New Proclamation on preaching in the seasons of the church year.

Beginning in December 2013, use the new Lectionary Notes tab to go to Gail Ramshaw's insights on the texts in "The Readings in the Bible" and "The Readings on This Day."

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Second Sunday of Easter
Sunday, April 12, 2015

L. P. Jones
Many faithful church members associate the Second Sunday of Easter with two things: a vacation for the senior pastor, especially in multistaff congregations, and "doubting Thomas." Pastors who have the option understandably entrust their flock to a valued associate on the Sunday that follows the many services and demands of Holy Week and Easter Day. Few fault them; but the church celebrates...  Read more...

Erik M. Heen
The readings from Acts continue in this account of the "commonality" of the post-Pentecost church in Jerusalem. It is similar to the description that follows Luke's sketch of the first converts Peter makes, listed at three thousand, in Acts 2:42-47. Luke's purpose here is twofold. On the one hand, he wants to honor this period of the early church's commitment to the social ideals that stem from...  Read more...

Bernard Brandon Scott
These verses are a summary statement that leads into the story of Ananias and Sapphira and looks back on the early period of the apostles as an ideal time. The description of all being held in common is a theme repeated from 2:44. Many commentators point to the saying in Aristotle, "Among friends everything is common" (Nicomachean Ethics, 9.8). In Hellenistic culture such a practice would be...  Read more...

Ben Witherington III
This is another of Luke's summary passages, offering up in capsule form what he sees as the essence of early Christian community life. It is important to note that Luke uses imperfect tense verbs here that perhaps ought to be translated "they used to sell . . . etc." If this is correct, then Luke is speaking about what was true in a bygone era. Perhaps the reason for Luke's reiterating...  Read more...

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Lectionary Notes by Gail Ramshaw
Although Mark's account of the empty tomb stated that the risen Jesus was to be seen in Galilee, at least a decade later, Luke, who described the Christian movement as beginning in Jerusalem and extending throughout the Roman...  Read more...

The Readings on this Day
Easter continues. Each year, the gospel on the third Sunday of Easter is a resurrection appearance. All three readings this Sunday contain fragments of early Christian preaching, with the Johannine emphasis quite different from that of Luke-Acts....  Read more...

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