Revised Common Lectionary: Egos in the Way

Praise the LORD! Praise the Sovereign from the heavens! Praise the Great One, all angels and celestial beings! Praise the Eternal Light, you sun and moon and stars! (Psalm 148) Can you imagine being the sun — 1,391,000 km in diameter, more than 4,500,000,000 years old, the center of the solar system, the hope of… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: Release Barabbas

“Release Barabbas for us!” (Luke 23:18) In Bangladesh, an 18-year-old student named Nusrat Jahan Rafi has died from the trauma of being set on fire, an attacked that caused 80% burn injuries on her body. The student had accused the school principal, an influential local leader, of attempted rape. Her family received threats after the… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: In All Honesty

God: “Don’t be afraid. I am your shield. Also, the payoff will be well worth your while.” Abram, asking for a friend: “What kind of payoff? My friend might not be afraid if they know how big the reward will be. But right now, things don’t look promising.” God: “It’ll be seriously big. Land. Children.… Read More

Sunday Prayer: Blessed

Blessed be the Wind: racing, eroding, unsettling, compelling, and blessed are we that the Wind does not leave us alone. Blessed be the Flesh: grieving, straining, delighting, satisfying, and blessed are we that the Flesh reveals the fullness of life. Blessed be the Insight: guiding, surprising, marveling, upending, and blessed are we that the Insight… Read More