In these unprecedented times, Odyssey has heard from our faith network a desire for brief, shareable media elements tied to the Lectionary cycle of Scripture. Suddenly, ON Scripture, our high-quality short videos and accompanying materials with insights from leading biblical scholars, produced from 2011-2017, has fresh relevance!
Thus, starting today, Odyssey is thrilled to offer FREE access to the ON Scripture videos and materials pertaining to our current location in the Lectionary cycle (Year A, Lent), as well as several off-Lectionary resources that may be particularly helpful in this moment.
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Christianity’s First Hate Crime
by Wendy Farley
(Isaiah 50:4-9, Philippians 2:5-11 (1-4), Matthew 26, 27)
God created the world and loves humanity. Nothing, no person, no religion, no race, no ecosystem, no nation, no blade of grass was made without Word, Wisdom, Love. Humanity is all one in the eye of the divine, as a river is one though made of many countless drops of water.
What is a Hate Crime?
Sister Acts of Compassion
Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday (Year B, RCL) – Stories and Letters From Prison by Barbara Lundblad
Some years ago, Carl Jung told the story of a man who asked a rabbi why God was revealed to many people in days of old, but now nobody sees God. “Why is this?” he asked. The rabbi answered, “Because nowadays no one bows low enough.” Perhaps we are looking for God in all the wrong places.
Walter Brueggemann On The Liturgy Of The Passion
The voice that speaks in Isaiah 50:4 – 9a is the poet of the exile himself. Here he offers an autobiographical reflection on his call as a prophet sent by God to the deported Jews in Babylon in the sixth century BCE. His message to the Jews is they are now free to go back home to Jerusalem. This freedom came, says the poet, because of the dispatch of Cyrus the Persian at the behest of YHWH, the Lord of all of history.
Seeing And Believing at Easter Time
by Greg Carey
Easter Sunday marks the holiest, most exalted moment of the Christian year. In Easter services all over the world, trumpets and organs blast. Flowers transform churches with their brightness. Worship leaders boldly proclaim: “Christ is risen!” Congregations echo back: “Christ is risen indeed!”
Do You Believe in God?
The Night Ministry Bus Delivers Holistic Health with Compassion
Compassion That Moves
by Shively Smith
(Matthew 9:35-10:8) Copyright: 2017
Compassion. I am not always sure Christians understand the full weight and work of its meaning. I remember growing up hearing the phrase “moved to compassion” touted in church and family conversations. As my childhood experiences revealed, compassion is often described as a state of being or feeling in which something has occurred to move someone to feel sympathy, empathy, perhaps even pity for someone or something else.
Wounded Resurrection: The Body of Christ for the Body of Earth by William P. Brown
(John 20: 19-31)
The gap continues to widen between liberals and conservatives regarding the distressing reality of climate change. It is perplexing, given that science continues to confirm humanity’s central role in affecting global warming. It is even more perplexing that greater familiarity with science does not guarantee a greater sense of urgency as evidenced in recent research.
Tri Robinson: Why the Environment Must Be a Christian Priority
Living as Sojourners in a Strange Land
by Onleilove Alston
(1 Peter 1:17-23)
I am a part of a sojourning people, a diaspora people. Taken from Nigeria to toil on the Alston plantations of America my Hausa ancestors migrated to Nigeria from the Middle East according to scholars. In the 1960’s my maternal grandparents left North Carolina and eloped on the way to Brooklyn, New York. They were a part of the millions who left the south for northern cities in the Great Migration.
The Biblical Call to Welcome the Stranger
A Radical Ethic of Love
by Shane Claiborne
One of the first things that happened as the Church was born that first Pentecost 2000 years ago… is that they started sharing everything they had. They worshipped in their homes. The Gospel was lived out of dinner tables and living rooms. And just as amazing as speaking in tongues, was this: THEY SHARED.
The Simple Way: The Greening of Philadelphia’s Concrete Jungle
Breaking the Law to Feed the Homeless
You Don’t Want To Be A Prophet
by Eric Barreto
(Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11) Copyright: 2014
You don’t want God to ask you to be a prophet. You really don’t. When God calls you to some holy task, you might expect a contemplative path, a quiet life of service and love of neighbor. You might expect a comfortable life of piety and hopefulness, grace and caring.
An Amazing Partnership With God
by James Forbes
(1 Kings 17:8-24) Copyright 2016
God’s call of Elijah was an invitation to a beautiful divine/human partnership of faithfulness and faithful service. It was based on a three-point contract: HO-GO-LO.
“HO” indicates that God had to get his attention. It was important for Elijah to know who was calling him, to whom he was accountable, under whose guidance he was to serve and upon whom he could depend for direction, protection and provisions.
God’s Little Acre: Feeding the Hungry
Street Voices: How We Pray
The Power Of Prayer…At The Kmart
by Susan Sparks
(Luke 11: 1-13) copyright: 2013
When I want to remind myself of the power of prayer, I go to the Astor Place Kmart on the lower east side of Manhattan. Sure, I could read Kierkegaard or Augustine, but I prefer the Kmart. Specifically I favor an area in the far back corner of the basement. It is devoid of windows or natural light with a back wall of clear glass that faces the dungeon-like dark tunnel of the Number 6 subway train. There, you will find the most unexpected of things — a plant nursery.
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