Narrative Lectionary: The Surprising Faces of God (2 Kings 5:1-15)

The Working Preacher post for this week’s Narrative Lectionary passage can be found here. I’m struck, again, with God choosing those on the margins to demonstrate the generosity and grace of God. In this case, the young girl, who served Naaman’s wife, having been transported from the land of Israel during a raid but remaining… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Always in season

Perversely, since I stepped out of parish/congregational ministry, I’ve fallen in love all over again with the texts that, week after week, speak into life and culture. Somehow, freed of the pressure of preaching every week, I’ve gained a new appreciation of the timeless relevance of Scripture in all that confronts the world and creation… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Rooted and Grounded

“I pray that…Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith as you are being rooted and grounded in love.” Ephesians 3:17 This is my favourite passage for beach walking. I’m fortunate enough to live just a few minutes from the beach and, most days, I can be found walking and meditating on this verse. It’s… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: How to be church?

I’ve had a really stimulating week, full of conversations about church. And, in particular about how to be church today, living out the gospel and transforming communities with the love of God. From Pioneer ministers to ministers involved in transition in congregations to ministry students from Zurich who were visiting Scotland, we were all grappling with… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Transformative Encounter (John 4:1-42)

The Working Preacher Narrative Lectionary post for this week can be found here. In the story of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, we see Jesus modelling a way of encountering others that is inviting, challenging, provoking, affirming, and, in the end transforming, not just for the one he encounters but for a… Read More