THE PASTOR IS POLITICAL June 23, 2021

Is “Othering” our greatest sin? I am writing from rural Minnesota, and here in the U.S. there are quite a few “political” debates worth weighing in on, if you are a pastor.  As usual, right? The U.S. is at odds with itself.  On one channel, there are the ironic fights that pair Juneteenth support with… Read More

NARRATIVE LECTIONARY: Zacchaeus and the Blind Man

A reflection on Luke 18:31 – 19:10 for March 21, 2021, 5th Sunday of Lent In this triplet of scripture stories, we get the disciples misunderstanding Jesus’ fulfillment of prophecy (what’s new, right?) followed by a juxtaposition of two stories about two men on opposite ends of the societal spectrum, both seeking out Jesus for… Read More

NARRATIVE LECTIONARY: Mary, the Samaritan, and the Better Path

Reflections for Sermon writing on Luke 10: 25-42 (1st Sunday in Lent) As the pandemic continues to radically change our worldview – simultaneously giving us a global perspective while locking us into a local bubble – it is time again to think of that always important question: who is my neighbor? I love that the… Read More

NARRATIVE LECTIONARY: Luke 5: 1-11

Abundance, and permission to leave everything behind. (A reflection on Luke 5: 1-11 for January 24, 2021) As I read these this short but dense scripture of the calling of the disciples, I am struck immediately by two very basic themes to draw on: the first being the idea that GRACE COMES FIRST.  And the… Read More