RevGalBookPals: Rise Up Shepherd!

It’s been a long year and it’s not over yet. I’m tired. If you’re not, I am genuinely happy for you and I rejoice for the peace that surrounds you. I am praying deeply for my own serenity as we slip into a season of busyness and activity around Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. If your… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

If we celebrate a Celtic Advent, with seven weeks of preparation of Christmas, mirroring the seven week of Lent, it begins today.  I find myself drawn to this longer season of preparation, feeling like the traditional four weeks are the church’s celebration, and these first three, bonus weeks are a gift for me. In the… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: When God is the Bad Guy

If you’re heading into this coming Sunday’s sermon with the intent of preaching on the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, I might recommend that you skip the Revised Common Lectionary readings. If the faith community you serve concludes & dedicates its annual stewardship pledges this Sunday, I might suggest that you find different texts for your preaching. Because this… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Prophetic Utterance Edition (Isaiah 9:1-7)

This Sunday’s text is Isaiah 9:1-7. The Working Preacher commentary for this Sunday seems to be missing, but there’s an older commentary here. I’m reading Abraham Joshua Heschel’s The Prophets right now. Truth be told, it would have been good to read it before I started preaching on Amos, but time being what it is,… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: A Letter to My Children

I’m positive our second child was conceived the week before the 2016 U.S. presidential election. By the time the results came in a week later I had two thoughts: How could I bring another child into the world when I have such fear for the future? How could I not bring another child into the… Read More