Limitations of the Lectionary

Walter Sundberg

Article Type: Perspective

Publication Date: 1/1/1990

Issue: Catechism and Lectionary (Vol. 10, No 1, Winter, 1990)

It would seem that those who made the choices of texts for the Lutheran lectionary refused to deal with the thorny but crucial reason given in these passages for Jesus’ speaking in parables: that there are those who are fated by God to be confused. Is this biblical explanation too exclusive? Does it throw a monkey wrench into the bland theology of an affirming deity so prominent in mainline Lutheranism today? My colleague was suspicious because he saw an objectionable pattern at work in the choice of texts. After long experience, he came to the conclusion that the lectionary is soft on a number of vital theological issues that have been the bone and sinew of the Christian tradition.

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