Narrative Lectionary: What Abraham Did (Gen 21:1-3; 22:1-14)

This week’s NL passage is the story of Isaac. It can be found here, and the Working Preacher commentary can be found here. Perhaps you’ve read the story of Luke Howard, who has been playing the piano non-stop at College Green in Bristol for 24 hours in a bid to win back his ‘lost love.’… Read More

RCL Tuesday Leanings: Who do you say that I am?

Readings for this Sunday, the second week of Lent can be found here. Genesis follows up last week’s covenant with Noah to share the covenant with Abraham. The Romans passage gives us Paul’s interpretation of Abraham’s covenant in light of Jesus. Psalm 22 is most famous for the “my God, my God, why have you… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: God said to Abraham, “Kill Me a Son.” (Genesis 21:1-13; 22:1-14)

I estimate that I’ve participated in or observed, roughly, 29 years of Vacation Bible School. Never, in those years, has the Binding of Isaac been featured as a story to fit with the year’s VBS theme.   We could have a whole child sacrifice/near-sacrifice thing- Isaac, Jepthah’s daughter, Jonathan and Michal, Hosea’s horrifically named children,… Read More