RCL: Worry and Safety

Do not worry is a tough message in the United States this week. But there is a big difference between feeling safe and being safe. Oftentimes feeling safe is putting stock in material things. Knowing you have money in the bank, having a house, putting up alarm systems or walking around locked and loaded. My… Read More

RCL: Faith Journeys

Our four texts take us on four different journeys of faith: The journey of God’s covenant people, imaged as the beloved child of God their mother…Hosea 11:1-11. The journey of those God gathers in from the four directions, people who are in distress, hungry and thirsty and in need of a habitable home…Psalm 107:1-9, 43.… Read More

RCL: God’s Got Us Covered

Many years ago, I sent out post cards to about 400 senior high youth that said the following: Would you marry a prostitute? Come to Sunday School and find out. Needless to say, I received a number of phone calls from concerned parents. I also had a full Sunday school class for a few weeks.… Read More

RCL Apostles Instruction Manual

Here, is one of the few places where the disciples are not following Jesus (physically), they are instead sent ahead, as apostles. And, as they are going without Jesus, he gives them the instruction manual of dos and do nots. “pairs” Jesus doesn’t send anyone alone. A model that we often forget in the church.… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Angels and Demons Edition

The Revised Common Lectionary offers a number of great options for this Sunday! Will you be preaching on Jesus and the Geresene (or Gadarene) man who had been living with demons? If so, will you address the inconsistencies in the text – for example, the fact that Gerasa was over 30 miles from the Sea of… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Trinity Sunday

Wisdom raises her voice. At intersections and entrances, she proclaims to the people: “Before the earth, I was. Before the springs and mountains, I was. Before the skies and seas, I was. I have always been the Inspiration and the Delight.” (Proverbs 8:1-4 & 22-31, Revised Rachel Version) In the Revised Common Lectionary readings for… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Holy Translator

The Holy Spirit is an amorphous being. One who is compared to wind and fire. The one who comes down with the waters of baptism onto us, earthly, dirt-made humans. Through the Holy Spirit we have furthered our understanding of who God is to us. The Holy Spirit is an “advocate” the “Spirit of Truth”… Read More