Revised Common Lectionary: Forgiveness

Like bulky orange barrels along a construction zone, there are red flags and caution tape that catch my attention as I read this week’s Revised Common Lectionary texts: 1. Forgiveness (Genesis 50:15-21 and Matthew 18:21-35) is a theme that can tempt us preachers toward unhelpful generalizations about injury and reparation. Caution: Check whether your definition of forgiveness,… Read More

Friday Festival: Questions for the Church

Discernment is an important word for the Church across all generations and seasons: the work of sorting through (information, events, purposes, intentions, actions, etc.) with the Spirit’s help to understand God’s call and work. Reading our colleagues’ thoughts around the RevGalBlogPals’ blogging network can be an inventive & insightful method for generating questions for discernment… Read More

Sunday Prayer: Love Supreme

O Love Supreme, our foundation and our irritation, our comfort and our chastisement: The earth quakes with the marching of racism (in every generation, new boots carry the same hatred) but we who know Love Supreme will not be shaken. The air blisters and scorches with words of hatred (old words, dusty words, dead words… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Little Faith

How does one read aloud, “The LORD tested him” (Psalm 105:19), to those who are struggling? How does one repeat Jesus’ words, “Why do you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31), to those who are drowning every day? How does one affirm, “No one who believes will be put to shame” (Romans 10:11), to those who have been… Read More