11th Hour Preacher Party: Getting started edition 

A couple of weeks ago as I was packing up my office in the call I was leaving a member of that church said, “Would you be willing to reuse a sermon?” Me in my head: Oh yes! Apparently you haven’t noticed I’ve done it here! Me out loud: If the circumstance is right. She continued,… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: If at first you don’t succeed (Mark 6:1-29)

I remember Mr. Straehla, our elementary school principal, coming into the classroom one day in third grade to teach us this idiom: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. His definition has stayed with me.  And it came to mind immediately, first, when I was reading this Sunday’s lesson (Mark 6: 1-29), and then… Read More

Narrative Lectionary – Come, See, Go, Tell (Matthew 28:1-10)

OK. Ready or not, here comes Easter!  In some ways it seems like this should be easy.  Resurrection, good news, life over death, this is what we’re all about.  But it some ways it can also seem like the hardest week of the year.  It’s the culmination of multiple services for many of us.  The… Read More

Tuesday Lectionary Leanings – Like it or not (Matthew 2:13-23)

You can find the text here. The commentary from the Working Preacher site is here. I remember a chapel service in seminary for which the student preacher had picked a troublesome text.  Whether it was a particularly convicting text or one that contained horrific violence, I remember my spontaneous response to the traditional “This is… Read More

Come and See (John 1:35-51)

John 1:35-51 Like in the synoptics, one of the earliest activities of Jesus in John’s gospel is the gathering of disciples.  I say “gathering” rather than “calling” because the action is decidedly different as John tells the story.  At least in the instance of the first two disciples, Andrew and Simon Peter,  Jesus doesn’t go… Read More