Narrative Lectionary: Dance Bones Dance! (Ezekiel 37:1-14)

It seems like such a silly question.  Standing in a valley of dried up skeletons Ezekiel is asked “Can these bones live?” The answer is obvious….isn’t it? Not in this week’s reading.  Good thing Ezekiel is smart enough to defer to God’s answer. You can read the passage here. The Working Preacher commentary is here… Read More

Narrative Lectionary Justice like Water, Washing Away, Providing Growth… (Amos 1:1-2; 5:14-15, 21-24)

Amos is one of my favourite prophets, if not at the head of the list. At the same time I would agree with a point made in the Working Preacher podcast that Amos, taken seriously, is a voice that provides a real challenge to those of us living in positions of privilege. The exact quote,… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: What is this Stuff? Edition (Exodus 16:1-18 — Bread/Manna From Heaven)

Well this is a hop skip and a jump through the story isn’t it? Last week we stood with Moses beside the burning bush as he was given a job to do. This week we are already out in the desert with this nation of complaining hungry people. You can read this week’s story here.… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: God Who Has Created and Is Creating. (Genesis 1:1-2:4a)

This Sunday marks the beginning of Year 4 in the Narrative Lectionary cycle. Since the goal of the Narrative Lectionary is to carry the church through the scope of the Biblical Narrative between now and Pentecost Sunday it only makes sense that we (to quote a would-be nun named Maria) “start at the very beginning,… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: The Circle Starts to Spread Edition (Acts 8:26-39, Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch)

As we continue our Easter journey through Acts we embark on a theme that will carry us through the next few weeks . Who gets to be part of the church? What are the criteria for inclusion? A foreign eunuch? Those who do not follow the Law? This week we have a story that is… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: ‘Liberate’ a Colt, Start a Celebration Edition (Luke 19:29-44)

Finally! We made it!!! Several chapters after being told the Jesus had set his face toward the city this week’s reading finds us on the very outskirts of Jerusalem — though we still seem to stop just short of actually walking through the gate. You can read the passage (Luke 19:29-44) here. The folks at… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Can we get to Jerusalem Already? Edition (Luke 18:31-19:10)

There are stories that remain with us for years. This week’s text offers up one of them (though would I remember it so well without this sappy little song???). Many chapters ago Luke told us that Jesus had set his face toward Jerusalem. Surely we must be getting close by now right? On the other… Read More

Narrative Lectionary Leanings “Tell Me Who You Are” Edition (Luke 7:18-35)

Who are you?  Who? Who? Who? WHO? That is the question asked in this week’s passage (Luke 7:18-35) [Read it here] To aid in your preparation the folks at Working Preacher provide a commentary and a podcast, and over at Text this Week you can find some other links Sitting in prison, John the Baptist… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Prepare the Way Edition (Luke 3:1-22_

Brood of Vipers! Ax at the Root of the Trees! Don’t Take More than Your Due! Come and be baptized! John is an interesting fellow.  And why was he so popular? One of the blessings (at least in my opinion) of the Narrative Lectionary is that you do not have 2 Sundays dealing with John… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Year of God’s Favor Edition (Isaiah 61:1-11)

Surely Isaiah is talking about a different year.  Because this can’t be “the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God”. Can it? But what would happen if such a year were to break upon us? What would the reaction be if all these things that Isaiah lists were to… Read More