RCL: We Can Work it Out

This morning as I was pondering the interesting mix of texts on offer, I had a sudden realization: these were the Revised Common Lectionary texts for Sunday November 13, 2016– the Sunday following the U.S. presidential election. I chose then as I choose this week, to use the Isaiah and Luke texts. About two-thirds of… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

Cloudy, sunny Bright, gloomy Cold, warm Busy, light No matter the day we wake up to – it is the day that you have made, Creator God And for this will we rejoice! Amen.     Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks (she/her/hers/ella) is a queer womanist freedom fighter, minister, spiritual entrepreneur, teacher, and life-long learner committed… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

Divine Dweller, As decisions are made And votes are cast And thoughts are shared Across our earth, May your love be incorporated as part of these choices. Shine your light brightly on the areas you need for us to focus. Call us again and again if we take the unhealthiest path. May your grace overwhelm… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Stuck in the Middle with You (1 Kings 18:[17-19] 20-39)

Oh Elijah. What have we done? What have you done? And how are we supposed to preach about it? For a reading of this week’s text check out Working Preacher’s Commentary. And if you’re not listening to NL;DR with Dr. Amy Robertson and Dr. Robert Williamson then GET THEE TO THE PODCAST NOW! So where… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Humility and Hope Edition

As ever, the Revised Common Lectionary and the Narrative Lectionary provide lots of choices for preaching this week.  There is also the opportunity to preach Reformation Sunday and, in some traditions, All Saints might be incorporated into this Sunday. Where are you finding good news this week? Where are you finding hope that can be… Read More

Ask the Matriarch: About That Ministry “Hill Worth ‘Dying’ On”

Today, we consider critical church decisions, language choices, and the cost of doing ministry with integrity. Dear Matriarchs: I remember being surprised in my seminary field education class at how often one of my classmates used the phrase “not a hill I’m/we’re willing to die on” a lot about problems she and her supervising pastor… Read More