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

Revised Common Lectionary: Planted

Y’all. I’m scheduled as a guest preacher this coming Sunday … I’ve already submitted my texts from the RCL, sent a sermon title and some hymn ideas … already drafted an outline … but lo and behold! today as I reflect on┬áSunday’s RCL readings, I’m struck by an entirely different theme. Oy. And so the… Read More