Robert Owens on Engaging the Bible via the Lectionary

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Professor Robert J. Owens has published an article, “Engaging the Bible via a Lectionary,” in the latest issue of The Living Pulpit, an ecumenical journal dedicated to expanding dialogue on the scope, task and importance of preaching. Lectionary-based preaching provides a framework, Owens writes, that forces the preacher sometimes to go outside his or her comfort zone and grapple with difficult texts:  “If divine providence has created and preserved the huge spiritual buffet of the biblical canon, we can be grateful that the lectionary compels us to eat from all the serving plates, not just the desserts and the dishes we know best. . . .  The investment of so much work to order the reading of the Bible in every worship service helps to enact and preserve the deep bond that exists between the sacred text and the sacred community.”