Saturday Prayer – Yellow Leaf

I’m looking for you. I’m looking for you in the rants of the Twitter feed, in the pumpkin-spice flavors of the Facebook page, in the adrenaline boosting headlines of the news at the top of the hour.  But you are not there. I’m looking for you. I’m looking for you in this list of the… Read More

Friday Festival: Reforming Our Lives

There’s a spirit of renewal in the air for our bloggers.  Some of it is chosen, and other parts are forced.  Some is welcome, other things much less so.  Near the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, our writers are finding all kinds of other reformations in their own lives. Rebecca at Desert Sojourn is… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Money Edition

The Revised Common Lectionary continues to bring us complicated teachings of Jesus from the Gospel of Matthew. In an attempt to catch Jesus teaching against the government, the Pharisees ask him about paying taxes. Is it lawful or not? Jesus says to give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and give to God the things… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: How God Sees (1 Samuel 16:1-13)

There’s a peculiar grief, for me, when a couple I married gets a divorce.  I feel a small pang of sadness when a member of a past congregation dies, and I’m not the one to officiate at the funeral that will celebrate their life.  These things are part of the past, but they reach into… Read More

Ask the Matriarch: Help! They run the place!

What’s at the intersection of “things they don’t teach you in seminary” and “things you wish the search committee had told you”? This question! Dear Matriarchs, What if you had a small group of leaders who have ensconced themselves on one committee? They have controlled all church decisions for years, if not decades, and have… Read More