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

Revised Common Lectionary: We are Not Left to our own Devices

There is something within us that resists limitations and authority. We don’t like to admit that we have so little control over our lives and that humanity is not the ultimate authority on much of anything. I’ve been thinking about something I read many years ago by Peggy Way. She wrote about “the fact of… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: The See and Be Seen Edition

Sight and vision are at the heart of the texts this week. This theme is subtle at first, but grows stronger through the readings until it cannot be missed in the Gospel. In 1 Samuel, one wonders what God saw in David that was clearly missing in the Jesse’s other sons who were older, more… Read More

RCL: Tempted by the Devil Edition

You know it’s the first Sunday of Lent when Satan shows up in more than one text. Here we are again with Eve and Adam eating of the forbidden fruit because Eve fell prey to a sneaky serpent. Then we are out in the desert with Jesus again as he faces the temptations of appetites,… Read More