RCL Commentary: Re-Forming Church

Many Protestant congregations will be celebrating Reformation Sunday this week. What a year for it! The church has been pushed in to a reformation whether we were ready for it or not. We have re-formed the way we worship. We have re-formed our education ministries and our outreach efforts and our governing assemblies. Some of… Read More

RCL: Weddings & Idols

This week is a harsh set of texts: between the distasterous wedding in Matthew 22 and the Golden Calf idol of Exodus 32 things are looking poor. (Quick note Narrative lectionary is doing the exact same Exodus passage, so we can all share resources this week). But then, things are looking fairly poor in the… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Respect As Spiritual Practice

Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20    Philippians 3:4b-14    Matthew 21:33-46 Is respect becoming an old-fashioned idea we remember only when we miss it? Today’s readings left me thinking a lot about respect. Wonder along with me about wanting respect, offering it, changing the criteria for it, and losing it. What did you think respect was and… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: From the Wilderness

“From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages.”Exodus 17:1 “It is only the person who sins that shall die.”  Ezekiel 18:4 Whichever Hebrew Bible lesson you’re using from this week’s Revised Common Lectionary, there’s an easy entre into the topic of sin. If that’s where you feel called to… Read More

RCL Reflections for 20 September: Death and Labor

It seems we have another week ripe for preaching; manna from Heaven, an indignant Jonah, St. Paul choosing to remain present in his dispersed communities of believers, and the parable of the landowner who pays in more ways than one. What bubbles up for you as you read the Exodus reading, as the people are… Read More

RCL reflections for 13 September: Forgiveness and debts

We have here an abundance of texts–Matthew 18:21-35, Genesis 50:15-21, Psalm 103–about forgiveness this week. And as I am in the middle of feeling vey angry about the state of–gestures around–everything I find the concept of forgiveness with more foreboding than usual. Here is Peter, who has perpetual foot-in-mouth, asking just how many times someone… Read More

RCL: Witnesses and Truth

Matthew 18:15-20 passage starts with the goal: To regain that one. In a time where the lost sheep parable is being used exhaustively to discuss Black Lives Matter (and some Queer Acceptance) in the church, I find it very hard to discern what it means to be lost. Certainly those who are asking for basic… Read More

RCL: Negotiating the Path

How have we arrived at the end of August so quickly? Even with pandemic this summer has sped by at an alarming rate. Many of us might be on vacation this week; I am. For those of us who are preaching this week, the texts contain countless sermon possibilities. Admittedly, I am seeing them all… Read More