Narrative Lectionary: All in the Family

We continue this week with Paul’s letter to the Galatians. Text can be found here (including the verses we aren’t preaching from–just to see what we’re missing): Galatians 3:1-9, 23-29. Commentary from Working Preacher is here.  I am fond of Cuyler Black’s cartoon about Paul and his letter to the Bergmans. It’s always a helpful reminder… Read More

Narrative Lectionary – Before and After (Galatians 1:13-17, 2:11-21)

A staple feature of women’s magazine’s is the makeover.  We get the “before” picture, with the disorganized closet, the unflattering haircut or the dated clothes.  Then the experts take over, and we see the “after” picture of the functional closet, the arresting haircut, or the stylish new clothes.  One magazine, bowing to reality, used to… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: The Early Church in Conflict (Acts 15)

The early church was full of amazing things, wasn’t it? The Holy Spirit working in and among the people, the people living together, sharing all things in common, all seemingly working towards a common goal. It seems idyllic, doesn’t it? And then we re-read this Sunday’s passage found in Acts 15:1-17. You can find the Working… 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: Stephen & Church Politics Edition (Acts 6:1—7:2a, 44-60)

We have a rather lengthy passage this week, jumping from last week’s Road to Emmaus to Acts 6 and 7. By missing the first 5 chapters of Acts, we jump over Pentecost (for the moment) and the promise of the early church, who shared what they had.  “There was not a needy person among them, for… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Heartburn (Luke 24:13-35)

Journalist Cokie Roberts said once that, decades after her father’s death, she still thinks she sees him on the streets of Washington, D.C., the city where he lived and worked.  Someone with a similar gait, or mannerisms, will catch her eye, and for a brief, impossible moment, she thinks it’s her father. We have the… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Living Among the Dead (Luke 24:1-12)

It’s Easter Sunday and our text can be found here. Be sure to check out the Working Preacher Commentary here. “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” the two men asked the women at the tomb… Are you looking for the living among the dead? Who are the dead? They are the… Read More

RCL-Narrative Lectionary: Holy Week Extravaganza Bonus Edition!

Maundy Thursday. Good Friday. Easter Vigil. Whatever other worship services and events are typical for your congregation. It’s all come down to this, folks! It’s the final countdown, the sprint to the finish, the last hurrah. It’s time to get serious. Jesus has joyfully entered Jerusalem. The final meal, betrayal, arrest, and execution are at… 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