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

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