Revised Common Lectionary: New Life

On the fifth Sunday in Lent, the Revised Common Lectionary brings us the raising of Lazarus and the reanimation of dry bones in Ezekiel. While it’s easy to see why the two stories are paired together, there are significant differences. Lazarus is raised from the dead and can serve as protector and provider to his… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: The See and Be Seen Edition

Sight and vision are at the heart of the texts this week. This theme is subtle at first, but grows stronger through the readings until it cannot be missed in the Gospel. In 1 Samuel, one wonders what God saw in David that was clearly missing in the Jesse’s other sons who were older, more… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Hardened Hearts

What makes for a hardened heart? Consider, for example, all of the life junctures and experiences captured by Romans 5:1-11 (from this week’s Revised Common Lectionary texts) that can lead us to harden our hearts: Suffering, instead of producing endurance, can produce a bitter or jealous heart. Endurance, instead of producing character, can lead to… Read More

RCL: Tempted by the Devil Edition

You know it’s the first Sunday of Lent when Satan shows up in more than one text. Here we are again with Eve and Adam eating of the forbidden fruit because Eve fell prey to a sneaky serpent. Then we are out in the desert with Jesus again as he faces the temptations of appetites,… Read More

RCL: You Shall Be Holy

Sometimes Scripture gets a little obvious (even heavy-handed), as it does in this coming Sunday’s Revised Common Lectionary texts: “You shall not deal falsely. You shall not lie to one another.” (Leviticus 19:11) #guilty “Do not boast about human leaders.” (1 Corinthians 3:21) #beentheredonethat “You shall not profit by the blood of your neighbor. You… Read More

RCL: Humility, Foolishness, and Blessing

Sometimes the lectionary texts seem to speak to the heart of the struggle. I’m still wrestling with my mixed responses to the Women’s March this last weekend as I am confronted with God’s justice requirements. Reading these texts tells me that I can’t be angry when people show up for justice even if they are later to… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Called and United

In this week’s installment of Adventures in Preaching, we who follow the Revised Common Lectionary have options of a hopeful prophesy in Isaiah (that is fulfilled by Jesus in Matthew), the calling of some of Jesus’ disciples, a Psalm expressing deep faith, and Paul preaching to the church in Corinth about unity. Those of us in… Read More