Greetings RevGals and Pals! How goes your sermonizing this Saturday, noon-thirty-ish, EST? (Passages are available here at The Text This Week. Reflections and conversation starters are also on this blog, at the Revised Common Lectionary and Narrative Lectionary posts. I also highly recommend this week’s Raven Review post, which takes a fascinating position about the end of sacrifice in these passages.)
Will you be grappling with the eerie, uncanny vision of Abram, asking God for reassurance of the covenant promise, and contending with floating fire pots and cut up goats and birds and whatnot?
Will you look to the comforting words of Psalm 27, in which the psalmist asks God for protection in the sanctuary, and expresses confidence that they shall “see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living”?
Will you share Paul’s urgent invitation to the church at Philippi to join him in embracing the cross of Christ?
Or will you sojourn with Luke, who offers us kind and helpful Pharisees, Herod that fox, and a loving and healing Mother Hen, who turns out to be Christ?
For my part, I did a pivot this week, from one text to another, and am enjoying the adventure. Join us in the comments! I’ve got a pot of lovely dark roast brewing.
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