Narrative Lectionary: Lost Souls (Luke 16:19-31)

I recently damaged the side mirror on my car, and was lamenting the need to go to the dealer for a replacement.  Sad previous experience had taught me that this would be very expensive.  “Don’t do that,” one of our church custodians told me, “there’s a much cheaper way to do it.”  He told me… Read More

Friday Festivals: Saints and Others

Friday Festival – March 17, 2017 On St. Patrick’s Day, our bloggers are finding all kinds of saintly behavior – and some sins. At yoga class, Lindsay Hardin Freeman encounters an image of the Samaritan woman who stands up to Jesus, and gets a glimpse of her past and possibly future selves in a feisty… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Glory, then Guts (Luke 9:28-45)

Like eating a big pile of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, we gorge on glory before we enter the somber season of Lent.  The Transfiguration story fills us up with mystery before the Lent’s fare of sacrifice and approaching death. Read the text here. Read the Working Preacher commentary here. Death and glory mingle together in… Read More

Friday Festival: Desires

February is the month of longing. In a long winter, we long for sunshine.  In unusual political times, we long for clarity.  Valentine’s Day can leave us longing for love, companionship, or just a really fantastic cupcake.  If we raced straight from Advent to preparations for Lent, we long for quiet, and a moment to… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Deep Water (Luke 5:1-11)

Within a short time, Simon Peter has three experiences of Jesus’ power.  Just before this, Jesus has healed his mother-in-law from a fever.  Now he hears Jesus teach. Finally, Jesus sends him back out, after a night without catching any fish, to try again.  The huge haul of fish finally breaks Peter’s mind open about… Read More

Friday Festival: Buh-Bye 2016, Hello 2017

For some, the end of 2016 means stocking up on champagne and chips.  For others, this is the time to reflect on the old year, and make plans for the coming year.  Some of us are letting out a sigh of relief at the end of a tough year, and others are dreading the year… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Born in the Night, Mary’s Child (Luke 2:1-20)

            The story of Jesus’ birth is so well known that even Saturday Night Live can parody it, assuming that their audience will know the story.  Twice-a-year church attenders, college students dragged to church while home on winter break, and our Jewish neighbors all know this story.  Is there anything left to say about it,… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Lions and Tigers and Prayers, Oh My! (Daniel 6:6-27)

Like a modern day reality TV show, the story of Daniel moves back and forth between the officials conspiring against him, the weak and easily swayed king, and Daniel himself.  While the officials plot and scheme, and the king struggles to use his power, Daniel is steadfast in his faith in God.  As Daniel’s story… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: The Scroll of Your Heart (Jeremiah 36:1-8, 21-23, 27-28; then 31:31-34)

God’s message rarely gets through the first time.  The prophet Jeremiah understands God’s peculiar timing, and is willing to keep repeating God’s message.  God is persistent, and the people who work for God are called to live that persistence, too.  Jeremiah has already demonstrated his own persistence by buying a field in a doomed city.… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: God Would Rather Rent than Own (2 Samuel 7:1-17)

Buy the best house, in the best location, that you can afford, conventional wisdom tells us.  But God, it turns out, doesn’t want to be pinned down. Read the scripture passage here. Read the Working Preacher commentary here. After years of war and chaos, now David is the king, ready to do kingly things.  Once… Read More