Narrative Lectionary: Deep Water (Luke 5:1-11)

Within a short time, Simon Peter has three experiences of Jesus’ power.  Just before this, Jesus has healed his mother-in-law from a fever.  Now he hears Jesus teach. Finally, Jesus sends him back out, after a night without catching any fish, to try again.  The huge haul of fish finally breaks Peter’s mind open about… Read More

Ask the Matriarch — "Whose Idea Is This, Anyhow? And How Will I KNOW?"

This week’s question , from an anonymous enquirer, evokes lots of memories of the whole “discernment process.”  (In these conversations, I always recall Frederick Buechner’s story of announcing his “call” to a group of his grandmother’s friends, and being asked, “Was this your own idea, or where you badly advised?” – which must be the… Read More