Wits’ End: Coping in a time of Crisis

Dear Clergy Colleagues, It’s rough out there! Between a worldwide pandemic, the attempted overthrow of democracy in the United States, and the projected beer and Spam shortages, 2021 isn’t looking much better than 2020. In the current reality, our jobs are incredibly difficult—emotionally, spiritually, and practically. So here are some helpful things to keep in… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: When the Bible Gets You in Trouble (Luke 4:14-30)

Reflection Many of the people who raided the United States capitol building last Wednesday were wearing “Jesus” t-shirts and waving Christian flags. And it is pretty obvious those people have listened to a lot of unfaithful preaching and read very little of the actual Bible. We’re in the season of Epiphany now which is when… Read More

Wit’s End: Weekend Edition

With thanks to all of you who have shared your ideas and stories of pastoring during a pandemic. Rev. Joanna Harader serves as pastor of Peace Mennonite Church in Lawrence, KS. You can read some of her more serious thoughts about Advent on her blog, Spacious Faith. RevGalBlogPals encourages you to share our blog posts… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Hannah’s Prayers (1 Sam 1:9-11; 19-20; 2:1-10)

Narrative Lectionary Companions, The first thing to note this week is that we are a long way from the golden calf! If you are using this Narrative Lectionary cycle to help people gain a better understanding of the full sweep of the biblical narrative, it might be worth mentioning that we’ve skipped over six books… Read More

Friday Prayer: Have mercy

God of peace, God of justice, God who makes swords to plowshares And leads slaves to freedom: Kyrie eleison. Christ of compassion, Christ of confrontation, Jesus who healed the sick And overturned tables: Christe eleison. Comfort us. Shelter us. Empower us. Transform us. Have mercy on us, O Holy One. Amen.   Rev. Joanna Harader… Read More