Revised Common Lectionary: Listen Up!

As I reflect on this week’s readings, I’m enjoying a little vacation before my kid goes back to school. This week’s readings almost make me wish I were going to be in the pulpit this Sunday. Almost. I’ve been sitting with Jeremiah for most of this year and have committed to using it for personal… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary – Can You Hear Me Now?

“How long, O Lord?” — it’s a biblical lament many of us have found ourselves asking, even crying, in these past few weeks. Here in America, we are weary with the extra judicial killings of black and Latinx people and cold-blooded executions of police officers. The world weeps for Turkey, France, and every place where… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: A New Thing

As I’m a preacher who often searches for common threads in the lectionary texts, I noticed almost immediately the common thread in this week’s texts: newness. “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” – John 13:34 Though we’re in the… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary – In My Place

  Palms and Passion, these are your themes for the coming week. Sunday begins a very busy week for the church, with some of you focusing on the events of Palm Sunday, and others are focusing on the Passion narrative in addition to or in place of Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem. Some of you will not have… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary – Whom Shall I Fear?

As I do, I often look for the common threads in each week’s RCL readings, and in this week’s readings I’m seeing a lot of encouragement toward gallantry. If we could condense the readings’ collective encouragement into one instruction, it would probably read: “Be brave!” In the Genesis text, we have Abram being reassured of… Read More