Narrative Lectionary: Ash Wednesday (Mark 9:30-37) and Lent One–All You Have (Mark 10:17-31)

This week is a twofer! Ash Wednesday is tomorrow and we begin Lent with this passage from Mark 9:30-37. Working Preacher commentary here.  While Jesus tries to teach the disciples about the suffering, betrayal, and death that he’s heading toward, the disciples are arguing about which of them is the greatest. Not their finest moment,… Read More

Sunday Prayer: Mountaintops

We climb the mountain to wait. Surrounded by a cloud, we wait. While the nations conspire, we wait. When brightness overwhelms us, we wait. Through the long night, we wait. Until the Spirit speaks, we wait. As we wait, we are already: your witnesses, your inheritance, your collaborators, your beloved vessels, your anointed, your freedom.… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: T-Fig

It’s the last Sunday before Lent. Are you burying or otherwise saying farewell to the alleluia? Will you be preaching the Transfiguration? Revised Common Lectionary folks can find a discussion of Matthew’s text here. The post includes an interrogation of the Light/Dark imagery in the passage, and offers ways to approach it. Narrative Lectionary folks can… Read More

Friday Prayer: TGIF/MGIF

God, While those around us are thanking you that it’s Friday, We are trying not to use your name in vain as we realize, My Goodness Gracious, It’s Friday Already! The week has passed. Sunday looms. And we’re ready. Or not. Either way, this weekend: Grant us wisdom in deciding what to do and what… Read More

Friday Festival

Remembering her own mountaintop journeys prompts Martha Spong to reflect on the mystery of the Transfiguration.  She poses an interesting question about what the disciples – and we – perceive. “In this era of propaganda and marketing, social media and political campaigns, our perceptions are being messed with all the time. What are we noticing? Has truth changed? How… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Transfiguration

Transfiguration Sunday is complicated. In a world of ever-increasing racial tensions, the last thing that our congregations need in their lives is dazzlingly white Jesus. The historic Jesus was likely brown-skinned, brown-eyed, and black-haired. If your church has typically celebrated Transfiguration with traditional light/dark imagery, please pay attention and tread carefully regarding the possible racial… Read More