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: 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

Narrative Lectionary: The Lost Sons

This text was the most fun to consider while I was living in Bali, Indonesia, where there were cultural rules similar to the first century. The first child was called “Wayan,” the second “Made.” Kuta is the big city where the Australians all come to party. And arak is the local rot-gut moonshine. Today’s text… Read More

Narrative Lectionary–Fun with Theodicy!

This week, we have two stories from Luke 13. Verses 1-9 has Jesus talking about a recent tragedy in the news–when a tower fell on some people in Siloam, bringing up the age old question–why do bad things happen to good people? He follows it up with an illustration of a fig tree not doing… 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

Narrative Lectionary: Wiping Jesus’ Feet

In a week where persisting is all the rage, it’s hard not to approach this text thinking of the United States Senator Elizabeth Warren being warned by Mitch McConnell not to read a letter about a controversial appointee, Jeff Sessions. It has become a rallying cry, “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless,… 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: Beyond miracles

It’s easy to see, in the stories presented in our texts this week, the miraculous nature of Jesus and not go any further. But I believe our text invites, indeed demands that we look beyond the miracles to see the message – a message of faith, a message of reconciliation, a message of restoration, a… Read More

Narrative Lectionary Leaning–following the rules

Luke 6:1-16 As the Narrative Lectionary moves through Luke, we get the story of Jesus and his disciples getting in trouble for not marking the Sabbath as the Pharisees would have them do.  From picking grains of wheat to healing a man with a withered hand–they get it wrong. We live in a world where… Read More