Welcome to the Portico!
This blog is dedicated to exploring the ways in which the Sunday readings from the Common Lectionary intersect with the works of poets and current events. Though the Scriptures are the norm of the church’s faith and teaching, they are not the sole source of all knowledge, understanding and insight. The work of poets also plumbs the depths of human experience and helps us interpret our world. Just as faith in the Triune God confessed by the church makes good sense of the universe as we experience it, so also do the voices of the poets. It is my aim to discover how dialogue between poets on the one hand and the apostles and prophets on the other might enrich our understanding and make even better sense.
According to the Book of Acts, one of the earliest places of worship for disciples of Jesus was the Temple in Jerusalem. In all likelihood, the early believers gathered in the portico of the Temple, a sort of “front porch.” As this was a very public place, anyone passing by would be able to observe or participate in the church’s worship or engage its members in discussions about the Holy Scriptures and their proclamation of Jesus as Lord. That is what this blog attempts to replicate in part.
Each week I create a post featuring commentary on the lessons for the coming Sunday and a featured poem. You will also find links taking you to those lessons. I am eager to engage everyone interested in the “big issues” and how the good news about Jesus’ helps us to think about them in new ways. All are welcome to join the conversation. All you need bring is an inquiring mind. Respondents are asked to speak respectfully whether addressing the author of an article or another respondent. Comments are screened before publication, which may be withheld for comments containing obscene, profane, racist, sexist or otherwise insulting language. All comments should be posted on the page of the article to which they are addressed. Do not post responses on the home page or any other informational tab as this only creates confusion. Publication of misdirected comments may be withheld or the comment deleted.