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May 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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Seventh Sunday of Easter
Sunday, May 17, 2015

L. P. Jones
Even dedicated saints sometimes doubt their ability to respond to God's call and assume that others could do a better job. We have different talents and abilities, but all of us can make significant contributions to the ministries of the risen Jesus. That message echoes through today's lections. In the reading from Acts, God provides a way forward even in the face of failure. The selected psalms...  Read more...

Erik M. Heen
This lesson consists of a portion of Peter's first of many speeches in Acts as well as a description of the process by which the early church replaced Judas with Matthias so that the full number of the Twelve might be regained. The interesting question is, of course, why this replacement was necessary. When other members of the Twelve die (such as James the Zebedee in Acts 12:2), they are not...  Read more...

Bernard Brandon Scott
This episode occurs between the ascension of Jesus and the coming of the Spirit at Pentecost. This story deals with the tragedy of Judas and the hole his betrayal has made in the group of the twelve apostles. A major theme of the Acts of the Apostles is the assignment of responsibility for the death of Jesus, usually to the Jerusalem leadership. At the beginning of Acts the Judas story serves to...  Read more...

Ben Witherington III
Here we have a brief presentation about the matter of the replacement of Judas among the Twelve. It may be asked why such a replacement was necessary, and the answer seems to be that it was expected that the Twelve, barring defections like that of Judas, would play an important role in the eschatological kingdom, judging Israel's twelve tribes. But here Luke places the focus on the fact that...  Read more...

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Lectionary Notes by Gail Ramshaw
"Advocate," "counselor," and "comforter" are terms offered as translations of parakletos, found five times in John, once in 1 John, and nowhere else in the Bible. The historical sources of this figure are much debated by scholars. The...  Read more...

The Readings on this Day
Fifty days after Passover, Jews kept the Pentecost festival, which originally celebrated the wheat harvest but had become the commemoration of the giving of the law on Mount Sinai. As the fiftieth day of Easter, Christians maintained the...  Read more...

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