Narrative Lectionary: Stuck in the Middle with You (1 Kings 18:[17-19] 20-39)

Oh Elijah. What have we done? What have you done? And how are we supposed to preach about it? For a reading of this week’s text check out Working Preacher’s Commentary. And if you’re not listening to NL;DR with Dr. Amy Robertson and Dr. Robert Williamson then GET THEE TO THE PODCAST NOW! So where… Read More

Narrative Lectionary Leanings: “My God is Better Than Your God” Edition (1 Kings 18:20-39)

Earlier this year we had Jacob.  Next up in the pantheon of flawed Biblical heroes is…. Elijah.  (Seriously, have you ever noticed how flawed some of these heroes of the faith are?)  Elijah deciding to prove that God is, well, God and in the process make the prophets of Baal look foolish.  Dead and foolish… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Ineffable Silence (1 Kings 19:1-18)

“Prophet Elijah” Icon by Sallie Thayer This week’s text can be found here… The podcasters at Working Preacher have told us that we are in the midst of a kind of miniseries, and today is its last episode. In my preaching I have named the miniseries: “The Rise and Fall of the Monarchy!” And truly,… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Change of Plans [2 Kings 22:1-10, [14-20]; 23:1-3]

God’s reward system is curious.  The reward for faithfulness is never a shiny new Mercedes, or even a Prius, just the gift of deeper work to do.  The gift exchange for following God turns out to be…more of God.  Answering Josiah’s remorse over Israel’s faithlessness, God promises him a peaceful death, and to be spared… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Hope Edition

I don’t know about you, preachers, but I almost always can use a little extra hope. I spent Friday morning on a hike at a nearby state park that experienced a large-scale fire in 2011. It burned innumerable pine trees, which mostly still stand as bare trunks. But, in a testament to resiliency and resurrection,… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Romans 13

In the midst of the current immigration debacle in the United States, I have seen an uptick in quoting Romans 13:1-2: Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed,… Read More