Adult Spiritual Formation Class - Reflecting on the Lectionary Texts for the First Sunday in Lent (RCL Year C)

This is the first of what should be a three part series of adult spiritual formation / education (Sunday School) classes that I'm currently teaching at St. Charles Presbyterian Church (USA), here in March of 2022. The date for this particular recording was March 6, 2022. During this series, I will be leading discussion of the Revised Common Lectionary texts for these Sundays in Lent. Many thanks to my sisters and brothers who joined in the conversation.
This Sunday's readings were:
  • Deuteronomy 26:1-11
  • Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
  • Romans 10:8b-13
  • Luke 4:1-13
You can access these readings here.

We discussed things like:
  • My complicated relationship to the liturgical year and lectionary
  • Lent, Zwingli, and the origins of the Reformed tradition
  • How maybe Ash Wednesday should come before Mardi Gras.
  • How we should treat "aliens" / immigrants
  • How observation of the Sabbath is explained differently in Exodus 20 compared to Deuteronomy 5
  • How the Jewish and Christian traditions identify God and God's people by telling stories / recounting history
  • The protoevangelium in Genesis 3:15 and the Reformed tradition's problems with replacement theology / supercessionism
  • Calling on the name of the Lord and why LORD shows up in all capital letters in the Old Testament




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