Revised Common Lectionary: Faithful Followers

An impossible child. Sarah and Abraham receive wonderful news from God in today’s reading from Genesis. Though they have no children, and Sarah is long past child-bearing age (and Abraham is long past child-rearing age), God promises them that they will become parents to a multitude of nations. In a society where one’s worth was… Read More

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