Narrative Lectionary:Testify to the Light

We close out the calendar year with John the Gospel Writer’s story of John the Baptizer’s story. John 1:19-34  Working Preacher commentary is here. Jan Richardson has some lovely reflections and poetry about this passage at Advent Door. How does the story of John the Baptizer look in the season of Christmas, rather than the… Read More

Narrative Lectionary:Fiery Furnace

The Narrative Lectionary takes us to Daniel 3:1, 8-30 for the First Sunday of Advent. The commentary at Working Preacher is here. Text Week is here. This is my first year to encounter Daniel during the season of Advent, and I confess that his story doesn’t fit as neatly into the “Advent 1–let’s talk about apocalypse”… Read More

Pastoral is Political: No Lifeguard on Duty

In the United States, we’ve had yet another mass shooting in a church. This one was in a Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX, not far from San Antonio. It appears that 7% of the entire town was killed today in church. About the same percentage was injured. Christe eleison. My first thoughts, prayers, and energy… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: All in the Family

We continue this week with Paul’s letter to the Galatians. Text can be found here (including the verses we aren’t preaching from–just to see what we’re missing): Galatians 3:1-9, 23-29. Commentary from Working Preacher is here.  I am fond of Cuyler Black’s cartoon about Paul and his letter to the Bergmans. It’s always a helpful reminder… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Stephen & Church Politics Edition (Acts 6:1—7:2a, 44-60)

We have a rather lengthy passage this week, jumping from last week’s Road to Emmaus to Acts 6 and 7. By missing the first 5 chapters of Acts, we jump over Pentecost (for the moment) and the promise of the early church, who shared what they had.  “There was not a needy person among them, for… Read More

Narrative Lectionary–Fun with Theodicy!

This week, we have two stories from Luke 13. Verses 1-9 has Jesus talking about a recent tragedy in the news–when a tower fell on some people in Siloam, bringing up the age old question–why do bad things happen to good people? He follows it up with an illustration of a fig tree not doing… Read More