The Pastoral Is Political: It’s All Connected

On this auspicious day, my attorney is pleading my case in my capitol city, having been arrested in the General Assembly building for “trespassing.” I spent a large part of my summer participating in the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Convened by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and Rev. Dr. Liz… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Work Out Your Own Salvation (Philippians 2:1-13)

If you are a woman, don’t ask me for a letter of recommendation. I’m going to make you write your own. Women have the hardest time expressing our strengths, bragging on our accomplishments, and saying that we want something—all the things that a letter of recommendation does. In some way, it’s because we already have… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: Mental Health Advocacy

On Easter Sunday morning, a young man on his way through the receiving line at church asked me, “Can Jesus heal my mental illness?” I was taken aback, not only at the very intimate question in a very public space, but also that my sermon about Mary’s grief at the tomb, about her willingness to… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Prison Blues Edition (Acts 16:16-34)

This Sunday’s text is Acts 16:16-34, and the Working Preacher commentary can be found here. We’re meeting Paul and Silas in prison. I recently traveled to Lumpkin, Georgia, to the ICE civil prison called the Stewart Detention Center. Most of my undocumented neighbors picked up by Immigration, Control and Enforcement end up in this “civil”… Read More

Narrative Lectionary—The Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11)

Have you noticed that Jesus never performed weddings? And yet, for us, weddings are one of the big ways we do our religious work. Not once does Jesus ever perform a wedding or officiate a funeral. And he didn’t officiate this wedding in Cana. But nearly every week, a young minister asks a question on… Read More

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