Narrative Lectionary:Testify to the Light

We close out the calendar year with John the Gospel Writer’s story of John the Baptizer’s story. John 1:19-34  Working Preacher commentary is here. Jan Richardson has some lovely reflections and poetry about this passage at Advent Door. How does the story of John the Baptizer look in the season of Christmas, rather than the… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Word! (John 1:1-18)

“In the beginning,” John starts out, calling us back to creation and the vision of a new creation here.  In this new creation, the Word of God is alongside God, a partner is creation, until it takes on flesh.  Like the first creation story in Genesis 1, this creation has the feeling of praise-filled poetry. … Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Dance Bones Dance! (Ezekiel 37:1-14)

It seems like such a silly question.  Standing in a valley of dried up skeletons Ezekiel is asked “Can these bones live?” The answer is obvious….isn’t it? Not in this week’s reading.  Good thing Ezekiel is smart enough to defer to God’s answer. You can read the passage here. The Working Preacher commentary is here… Read More

Narrative Lectionary:Fiery Furnace

The Narrative Lectionary takes us to Daniel 3:1, 8-30 for the First Sunday of Advent. The commentary at Working Preacher is here. Text Week is here. This is my first year to encounter Daniel during the season of Advent, and I confess that his story doesn’t fit as neatly into the “Advent 1–let’s talk about apocalypse”… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Settle In (Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14)

Recently, my dad has had a full schedule of hospital appointments and doctors’ visits.  Because he’s using a wheelchair, a Care Transport van picks him up for each appointment.  Without fail, the driver is a gentle man in the uniform of brown pants, brown shoes and a green jacket, with limited English, and careful driving… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Prophetic Utterance Edition (Isaiah 9:1-7)

This Sunday’s text is Isaiah 9:1-7. The Working Preacher commentary for this Sunday seems to be missing, but there’s an older commentary here. I’m reading Abraham Joshua Heschel’s The Prophets right now. Truth be told, it would have been good to read it before I started preaching on Amos, but time being what it is,… Read More

Narrative Lectionary Justice like Water, Washing Away, Providing Growth… (Amos 1:1-2; 5:14-15, 21-24)

Amos is one of my favourite prophets, if not at the head of the list. At the same time I would agree with a point made in the Working Preacher podcast that Amos, taken seriously, is a voice that provides a real challenge to those of us living in positions of privilege. The exact quote,… Read More