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

Narrative Lectionary: Complexities and Conflagrations

The Narrative Lectionary is not subtle, is it? Luke is very clear about Jesus’ mission: God’s Spirit is on me;     he’s chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor, Sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and     recovery of sight to the blind, To set the burdened and battered free,     to… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Elizabeth’s Rebellion

It may be that I’m nearing 50 and this will be my first married Christmas, but I find myself thinking about Elizabeth. Elizabeth and her priest husband, Zechariah, were righteous before God, but barren and older. Luke 1 tells us that Zechariah is chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary, and Gabriel the angel shows up.… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Isaiah’s Hope

Today is Election Day in the United States, and the stakes seem as high, if not higher, than they have ever been. Today it feels like we choose between hope and fear. And nearly everyone in our nation (no matter which side of the election your politics reside) would tell you we choose between good… Read More