RCL Commentary: Palm Sunday 2021: Living on Borrowed Time, Colts, and Promises

Mark 11:1-11   John 12:12-16 Approaching Jerusalem, Jesus paused. It had been another unsettling week for the disciples – a week full of parables they struggled to understand, an unexpected lunch with a tax collector, and a morbid take on this trip to Jerusalem. But seeing the city in the distance and knowing that ahead lay… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: A New Hope

UPDATE: After this column was posted, another mass murder/hate crime took place in the USA. How are you addressing this violence against people of Asian descent in your worshipping communities? Perhaps this Sunday it would be appropriate to include an extended litany of lament and confession, based on Psalm 51. ADDITIONALLY: this week, leadership at… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: First (or 52nd) Sunday in Lent.

Welcome to Lent. Welcome back to Lent. Welcome to the longest Lent-ish season that many of us have experienced! For most preachers and faith communities around the world, a lockdown in response to the global pandemic occurred sometime during Lent last year. For some of us, it feels as though Lent never ended in 2020.… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Following God’s Call

OK. For those of us in the USA, and for those abroad who have a vested interest in US politics, this is not exactly the easiest week to be prepping a sermon. If you’re not preaching in the US context, feel free to skip the next two paragraphs… but for those preachers in the USA,… Read More