Narrative Lectionary: Requirements

This week’s lectionary is often a favorite of ours. “Ours” being progressive people of faith. Micah 5:2-5a, 6:6-8, mostly Micah 6:8 is one we turn to for guidance and comfort. He has told you, O mortal, what is good;     and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,     and to… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Rules of Engagement

As progressive Christians we spend a lot of our time emphasizing the relationships of scripture. We have a relational God, a God of covenant, a Christ who ate with sinners and declared the unholy clean. When we talk about commandment we talk about the attempt to trick Jesus and loving saying “Love God and Neighbor”… Read More

Pastoral is Political: Until We All Win

My social media timelines are filled with pictures of Serena Williams, arguably the greatest athlete in the world, angrily yelling at the tennis umpire in the U.S. Open. I don’t watch tennis, football is my sport, but I have to say that I have been a big fan of Serena’s for a long time. It… Read More

Pastoral is Political: The Talk

There it was, out of the blue, I mean, I maybe should have seen it coming, but didn’t. I can’t explain it, all the signs were there. Last week I was catching up on Grey’s Anatomy, a show many have abandoned over it’s fourteen seasons, but one I still watch. If you watch it too,… Read More

Pastoral is Political: ALL We Have to Live On

Manchester, Portland, Egypt, London, Kabul… Where does it end? We like to blame all Muslims for ISIS or the Taliban when we know that’s not true. We compare them to the KKK, yet today white supremacy doesn’t walk around in a sheet they walk around with secret service agents. I grew up with spurts of Catholicism and… Read More