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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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Third Sunday of Easter
Sunday, April 19, 2015

L. P. Jones
Two weeks have passed since Easter Day. The crowds may have waned and the flowers probably have lost their blossoms, but it remains the season of Easter and in today's Gospel reading it is still Easter Day. So let the brass sound, raise the banners, fill the air with Alleluias, and invite those gathered to celebrate. What God has done and continues to do in Jesus deserves joyful recognition. In...  Read more...

Erik M. Heen
This reading gives us roughly the first half of Peter's third "speech" in Acts (see 1:16-22, 2:14-36, 38-39), which runs to 3:26. It is delivered in the beautiful Solomon's Portico of the Jerusalem Temple (3:2, 11), the site of Peter's first miracle in Acts (the healing of "a man lame from birth," v. 2) that immediately precedes the sermon. The miracle is reminiscent of one done by Jesus (...  Read more...

Bernard Brandon Scott
Peter's speech arises because of his healing of a lame beggar. When the beggar requests alms, Peter replies that he has no gold or silver, "but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk" (Acts 3:6).Peter's speech takes place in Solomon's portico. The Greek refers to a stoa, which is a colonnade where one could walk and be protected from the sun. To date...  Read more...

Ben Witherington III
These comments are referred to by those for the first reading for the Fourth Sunday of Easter.Peter's speech, which follows the account of the miracle of the healing of the crippled beggar, is in essence a salvation-historical exhortation retelling the story of Jesus in order to call the astonished crowd to repentance. The setting of the speech in Solomon's portico in the temple is not...  Read more...

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Lectionary Notes by Gail Ramshaw
Even when Jews abandoned their nomadic past for agricultural and urban life, the nostalgic image of the shepherd was used to describe a trustworthy leader. John, writing some five decades after Jesus' death, describes Christ as the model...  Read more...

The Readings on this Day
Brought over from the second Sunday after Easter in the medieval one-year lectionary is the beloved Good Shepherd Sunday. Despite the popularity of the image of the lone lamb held in the shepherd's arms, most biblical use of...  Read more...

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