Narrative Lectionary: Prophetic Utterance Edition (Isaiah 9:1-7)

This Sunday’s text is Isaiah 9:1-7. The Working Preacher commentary for this Sunday seems to be missing, but there’s an older commentary here. I’m reading Abraham Joshua Heschel’s The Prophets right now. Truth be told, it would have been good to read it before I started preaching on Amos, but time being what it is,… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Grace for Amateurs

I’ve got to start this post with three confessions. First, Lily Burana, the author of today’s book, is one of my all-time-favorite-authors, and I have a total girl-crush on her. Her first book Strip City: A Stripper’s Farewell Journey Across America is in my top ten list of books that have impacted my life and ministry… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Stuck in an Evil System (1 Samuel 3)

This Narrative Lectionary season has led me down a peculiar trail—I’m doing a series about being stuck. Moses was stuck in self-doubt, the Hebrew people were stuck in the past, and Samuel (and Eli) are stuck in an evil system. Be sure to look at the Working Preacher commentary here. And you can find this… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: What Abraham Did (Gen 21:1-3; 22:1-14)

This week’s NL passage is the story of Isaac. It can be found here, and the Working Preacher commentary can be found here. Perhaps you’ve read the story of Luke Howard, who has been playing the piano non-stop at College Green in Bristol for 24 hours in a bid to win back his ‘lost love.’… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Dating 2017

After reading this Sunday’s texts, I’m convinced that they’re about dating. Yes, that’s right. Searching for romance. Looking for love. And maybe, in all the wrong places. First, we have the Abraham’s servant seeking a lovematch for Isaac. The qualifications for the job seem rather thin—she’s willing to give the servant water and water his… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: The Early Church in Conflict (Acts 15)

The early church was full of amazing things, wasn’t it? The Holy Spirit working in and among the people, the people living together, sharing all things in common, all seemingly working towards a common goal. It seems idyllic, doesn’t it? And then we re-read this Sunday’s passage found in Acts 15:1-17. You can find the Working… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Living Among the Dead (Luke 24:1-12)

It’s Easter Sunday and our text can be found here. Be sure to check out the Working Preacher Commentary here. “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” the two men asked the women at the tomb… Are you looking for the living among the dead? Who are the dead? They are the… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: The Lost Sons

This text was the most fun to consider while I was living in Bali, Indonesia, where there were cultural rules similar to the first century. The first child was called “Wayan,” the second “Made.” Kuta is the big city where the Australians all come to party. And arak is the local rot-gut moonshine. Today’s text… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Wiping Jesus’ Feet

In a week where persisting is all the rage, it’s hard not to approach this text thinking of the United States Senator Elizabeth Warren being warned by Mitch McConnell not to read a letter about a controversial appointee, Jeff Sessions. It has become a rallying cry, “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless,… Read More