Narrative Lectionary:Wisdom

The text for this week is 1 Kings 3:4-9, (10-15), 16-28. Commentary at Working Preacher is here. Our focus this week is the wisdom of Solomon, both how he acquires it, and how he dispenses it. My favorite illustration of this in popular culture (although 20 year old popular culture) is this scene from Seinfeld.… Read More

“No Incentive”… to speak the truth

Last night, Senator Jeff Flake (R, Arizona) was asked on 60 Minutes if he could have/would have delayed the vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the US Supreme Court had he been running for re-election. Scott Pelley: Senator Flake, you’ve announced that you’re not running for re-election and I wonder, could you have done this,… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Move Forward

This week, after leaving Joseph unjustly imprisoned last week at the hands of Mrs. Potiphar, we skip ahead quite a bit in the narrative to Exodus 14:5-7, 10-14, 21-29 and the story of the long walk to freedom for the Israelites, out of bondage in Egypt, through the Red Sea. Working Preacher commentary is here. The… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Sunday’s Coming!

Tony Campolo famously preaches a sermon called “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Coming!” and I’ve been hearing his voice in my head as it occurs to the preacher in me, SUNDAY’S COMING and SOON. The Narrative Lectionary is almost to the end of our journey through John’s gospel. Our passage for Sunday is John 20:1-18. Working Preacher… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Teach Your Parents Well

My college aged son and I attended the “Enough is Enough” Walk Out rally last Monday, organized by high school aged youth to mark the one month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the one month anniversary of our continued inaction to the public health crisis of gun violence… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Behold the Man!

The Narrative Lectionary reading for the fifth Sunday in Lent is John 19:1-16a. Working Preacher commentary is here. Jesus’ trial before Pilate continues, and progresses from heated conversation to violence. Pilate has Jesus flogged. Pilate has Jesus dressed with a crown of thorns and purple robe, to be mocked as “King of the Jews”. Even… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Denial (John 18:12-27)

This week’s Narrative text begins a 4 week dwelling in the end of Jesus’ life in John’s gospel (chapters 18 and 19). Working Preacher commentary is here. Text this Week resources are here. There’s a lot of different places one can focus in this passage. Where are you leaning? A few weeks ago, we had… Read More

Narrative Lectionary:Born Again (again)

I’m at the RevGals Big Event Continuing Ed Event this week in Dallas. Grateful for this time to be with my clergy friends and learn Enneagram wisdom. (Be sure to sign up for next year’s Big Event, which will be online before too long). This week’s Narrative Lectionary passage is John 3:1-21. I’m partial to… Read More