RCL: Baptisms and Miracles

To modern day readers, this encounter with the Eunuch may be one of the wackiest texts we encounter. All the reasons that stick out to us as being weird or miraculous were fairly typical of ministry of the day. Philip is awoken by an angel and told to hit the road and travel on a… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Brave Thomas

Here we are, back to one of the most preached texts, ever. And Thomas is here again, poking at our assumptions and asking all of the questions. In my mind Thomas is not “Doubting Thomas” but “Brave Thomas.” The first time Thomas speaks is in John 11, when Jesus’s close friend Lazarus has died. The… Read More

RCL Flipping Tables Holy Day

Jesus begins his ministry in John by flipping tables. Since we are doing this out of order, let’s review. Jesus gets baptized by John, starts calling his disciples, gets mom pressured into turning water into wine. His first official act as the messiah is to go into the temple and flip the tables of the… Read More

Pastoral is Political: The Kingdom of Heaven is Like….

The Kingdom of heaven is like… ….a treasure hidden in a field (Matthew 13:44) …a vineyard, where no one is to late to join in the work and the reward (Matthew 20:1-6) Image ….a grain of mustard that grows into the largest plant, a tree, where the birds of the air can build their nest… Read More

RCL: Power vs. Perfection

In Mark 1:4-11 Mark gives the succinct version of John the Baptist. The power of this narrative is so strong that every line could be read and pondered. “John the Baptizer appeared.” Why did he appear? How did he know when to do so? Was he told by his mother Elizabeth, relative of Mary? Did… Read More

RCL: Growing Advent

Here we are at John 1:19-28 at the forerunner, the John the Baptist, the missing figure from the Nativity scene. The one who is preparing the world for Christ. How is he preparing? He is baptizing people. John baptizes people so much, it become a part of his identity. John the Baptizer. Are we preparing… Read More

RCL: Apocalypse When?

Nothing beats a bunch of apocalyptic texts in the middle of a pandemic. The word apocalypse’s meaning is not well known in general public. Most people think it means the end of the world. But of course, what it really means is “uncovering,” because what will be uncovered will be how people really are. There… Read More

RCL: Weddings & Idols

This week is a harsh set of texts: between the distasterous wedding in Matthew 22 and the Golden Calf idol of Exodus 32 things are looking poor. (Quick note Narrative lectionary is doing the exact same Exodus passage, so we can all share resources this week). But then, things are looking fairly poor in the… Read More