RCL: Foolishness, Wisdom, and Community

Usually, Lent calms me. I realize that it’s okay, even necessary, to acknowledge my brokenness, my sharp edges, my weak places, and my overall need for God’s power and presence. It’s not working this year. Maybe because I have stopped trying to cover over or ignore those parts of me that aren’t so pretty or… Read More

RCL: T-fig – Terror, Tabernacle, & Travel On

This was originally posted on Write Out of Left Field. The trudge up the mountain can be exhausting. After feeding four thousand people, witnessing Jesus open the eyes of a blind man, a startling recognition of Jesus as Messiah, and some teachings about what it means to be a disciple, climbing a high mountain seems… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: The Do or Die Edition

Sometimes the lectionary texts present more challenge than I feel ready to accept. This is one of those weeks. Here in Minnesota we are digging out from the largest snowfall in years. For today that means people are taking things a bit slower and the world is covered in the cleanliness of new-fallen snow. And… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: The Moving On (or Not) Edition

I don’t know about you, but I’m not quite ready to leave behind the myth, mysticism, and miracle that Christmas is. I want to linger a bit longer under the Star and listen more closely to the whispers in Bethlehem’s streets and back alleys. I want to hold onto the innocence of a babe lying… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: The Wake Up Edition

“Keep awake,” says Jesus. It’s yawn, stretch, and get moving time. Advent is here and there is much work to be done. There’s no time for napping or hitting the snooze button. It’s stand up on your tip toes, bounce with excitement, and get ready time. It doesn’t matter how tired we are or the… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary:  The You are Holy (so act like it) Edition

Pick a text, any text, this week and we’re confronted with who we are and how we are to be in this world. It can be a celebratory experience – we are holy because God is holy! And it can be a humbling experience – do we really love our neighbors as ourselves? In Deuteronmy… Read More

Faith and Illness: Passing Through the Waters

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Isaiah 43:2-3a These verses… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: The Unity Edition

Many of us will participate in World Communion Sunday this week. I suppose it’s no coincidence that the texts speak to the ways in which we are all united. While I have been following the semi-continuous readings through the summer and have tracked with the Moses and the Israelites escaping into the desert, the Ezekial… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Equipped for Resistance

After the U.S. elections last fall, I heard many people saying things like, “How are we going to survive this?” and “It’s never been this bad before.” My response was, and continues to be, “The people of God have been here before. If we seek to serve God, we will find a way through.” This week’s… Read More