Revised Common Lectionary: One Humanity

This week’s Revised Common Lectionary readings are timely. In Ephesians 2, Paul teaches that Jesus has erased divisions between people, and created a single, united humanity. Groups that were previously at odds have been reconciled. Peace reigns. Together, all people build a community that becomes the household of God, a place where the divine can interact… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: With All Your Might

David brought the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing. And David dance before the LORD with all his might. (2 Samuel 6:12-14 NRSV excerpt, part of this coming Sunday’s lectionary texts) Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all… Read More

RCL: Authority

The common denominator in this week’s lectionary reading is that each of them are about authority, one way or another. Each of them stretches out the definition of authority, melting it and remaking it into the authority that is given by God, as opposed to the human definition. image from Shutterstock  You Can’t Go Home: In… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Peace, Be Still

Last night, as I was driving home after a church council meeting, the threatening-looking clouds finally opened up. I spent the last few miles of my drive in heavy rains with thunder and lightning. I wasn’t afraid of perishing, as the disciples in the Gospel for Sunday, but I certainly had renewed appreciation for the… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Parables

With what shall we compare the realm of God? It is like a dream that is out-of-season and planted for another day. Hidden away it germinates & wonders, roots & grows, until one day it erupts from its hiding place to bloom and be harvested. (Mark 4:26-29) With what shall we compare kin-dom of God?… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Bending Toward Mercy

If you’re a Revised Common Lectionary preacher, this is the first Sunday of the church year when you can choose between a First Reading designed to echo the theme of the Gospel and a First Reading designed to provide a semi-continuous path through portions of the Old Testament. First Reading (Complementary) – Deuteronomy 5:6-21 –… Read More

RCL: The Joys of Trinity Sunday

Every year when Trinity Sunday comes around, I find myself thinking about the first children’s sermon I ever gave. It was nearly 30 years ago when I was a field ed student during my first year of seminary. Long before I knew the impossibilities of theological math, I thought I had the perfect object lesson.… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Robbed of Full Humanity

Note: many of the articles linked to this article contain profanity, slurs, and triggers. In 1915, my grandfather was driven from his homeland and sentenced to die at the age of six.  His crime was being born an Armenian in Turkey. American Ambassador Henry Morganthau, Sr. asked Talaat Pasha, lead architect of the Armenian Genocide,… Read More