Narrative Lectionary: New Beginnings, Joy–and Tears (Ezra 1:1-4; 3:1-4, 10-13)

Welcome to the 3rd Sunday of Advent! Hopefully that is a cause for great JOY to all of you! {and hopefully very little panic that 14 days from today will be Christmas Eve.} This week the Narrative Lectionary leads us to Ezra and a new beginning (Ezra 1:1-4; 3:1-4, 10-13). Last week the people in… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Uneasy Homecoming Edition (Ezra 1:1-4; 3:1-4, 10-13)

I’ve been watching a TV show in which the heroine is a tortured private investigator with unusual abilities, who, it’s been clear from the beginning, has a painful history of loss and displacement. In a recently watched episode an evil villain who believes himself in love with her (and who also has unusual abilities) managed… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Advent 3

According to my calculations, Advent is more than halfway over. How are we feeling? I’m guessing that you might feel a bit like I do, so please, take a deep breath. Repeat. And one more time. Ok. Do that several times today. It will help. What’s happening for you this Third Sunday of Advent? Choir… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Pastor as Preacher

I don’t know about you, but I don’t know how to preach without being political. When the latest tragedy: be it gun violence, a natural disaster or the latest racist incident comes to pass I can’t not address it. Just picking the text for the day is a political act. Am I contending with the… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Lovingkindness Personified (Ruth 1:1-17)

Tucked between a narrative telling of descent into chaos, and another telling of the rise of kings, we find Ruth (at least, that’s where we find her in the Christian bible). “In the days when judges ruled,” the story begins, and so it follows the book of Judges. But it tells the story of an… Read More

11th Hour Preachers Party: All Who Hear with Understanding

(Photo from the collection of Mompriest, “Ground Squirrel Family Listening”) What text from our readings for this Sunday, Epiphany 3 is speaking to you? Are you being stirred to ponder Nehemiah as I am: “8:2 Accordingly, the priest Ezra brought the law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could hear with… Read More