Our family has completed our move to a new home (more or less), and we are now in the process of unpacking. I remember in seminary, professors would encourage us to “unpack” the text, or “unpack” an ill-thought-out statement. I didn’t really know what they meant, but I listened carefully as people “unpacked.”
As I’m removing surprises from boxes that I thought I had clearly labeled; as I’m hunting through boxes to find that one, suddenly crucial item (yesterday, the brownie recipe); as I’m disquieted when I can’t find something, I think I am beginning to understand unpacking better.
Preachers, we are unpack-ers. Are you unpacking the Revised Common Lectionary texts (discussion here), or the Narrative Lectionary (series discussions links here), or a sermon series, or something else entirely?
Let’s help each other unpack today. Our new town has farmers’ markets, so I have fresh peaches and tomatoes to share.
Monica Thompson Smith is a Presbyterian Church (USA) minister, serving as a pulpit supply preacher in South Central Texas. She is a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit.
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