The Pastoral Is Political: Be Alert this Advent

Yesterday we entered the season of Advent, a time in the church calendar where we are called to slow down and simplify our lives as we wait and prepare for the coming of Jesus, the One who came to us in the flesh as a refugee baby 2000 years ago and who will one day… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Waiting in Hope

Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:2-4; 3:[3b-6] 17-19 We enter the season of Advent in the Narrative Lectionary with a perhaps unfamiliar holiday companion, Habakkuk. It is a bleak passage, describing a difficult passage in the history of Israel. We can imagine some difficult passages when we read the news today too. Children facing tear gas when seeking… Read More

Narrative Lectionary:Fiery Furnace

The Narrative Lectionary takes us to┬áDaniel 3:1, 8-30 for the First Sunday of Advent. The commentary at Working Preacher is here. Text Week is here. This is my first year to encounter Daniel during the season of Advent, and I confess that his story doesn’t fit as neatly into the “Advent 1–let’s talk about apocalypse”… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

God, I’ve always had a complicated relationship with hope. On the days in which I’ve had too much and circumstances disappointed me, hope was the knife that twisted itself into my soul. Through the months in which I’ve had too little hope and couldn’t see well through the fog into the future, hope’s bright light… Read More