Narrative Lectionary: Why Is God Being So Nice to Our Enemies? (Jonah 1:1-17; 3:1-10, 4:1-11)

God loves even our enemies, darn it. In God’s care, they have an opportunity to move closer to God.  God sends us to the places and the people we call unworthy, and God is insistent that we go there, even when we don’t want to.  These are interesting truths for the Sunday after a bitter… Read More

Narrative Lectionary — God Loves THEM? Edition (Jonah 1:1-17; 3:1-10 [4:1-11])

On October 23, during the fellowship time after worship someone said my sermon (about the house and heir of David) made him start to think about a question. How do we get past a tribal God? I have no idea where he got that from my sermon that day. But gee I hope he is… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: God Doesn’t Play by Our Rules

Dear preacher friends, how is your sermon? Are you in the Narrative Lectionary, sitting on a hill with Jonah, railing against God for having the audacity to be merciful? Are you in the Revised Common Lectionary with Jesus, questioning our readiness for God’s coming? If you’re in the US, are you trying to find a… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Laboring in the Vineyard

As September continues, we may feel like we’ve been laboring a long time in the Vineyard. I preached this text 3 years ago for my congregation and the Committee on Preparation for Ministry. I preached “The Parable of the Generous Landowner” or “The Parable of Radical Equality.” They passed it, but the all older male… Read More

RCL Reflections for 20 September: Death and Labor

It seems we have another week ripe for preaching; manna from Heaven, an indignant Jonah, St. Paul choosing to remain present in his dispersed communities of believers, and the parable of the landowner who pays in more ways than one. What bubbles up for you as you read the Exodus reading, as the people are… Read More

Ask the Matriarch: Summer Worship Ideas

Summer is coming and preachers are planning! This week’s question solicits advice for summer worship ideas. Dear Matriarchs: This summer, I would like to diverge from the lectionary for the summer. Last year a colleague and I came up with a fun, travel-themed trip through the book of Exodus. Have any of you tried anything… Read More