Lectionary Leanings: “Who touched me?” edition

Good morning– I feel like I’m still recovering from this past week, yet Sunday’s coming and it is time to look toward a new week. Readings for this Sunday can be found here. David mourns for Saul and Jonathan in 2nd Samuel: How the mighty have fallen! Here’s a post I wrote a few years… Read More

Sunday Prayer: A Call for Justice

My God, My God, Our words escape us. There is only shock, and grief, and anger. We thought we had left this behind in the past, The 16th Street Baptist Church bombing and those four little girls We continue to remember them. But it has happened again. Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, their pastor and… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party

When the events of the wider world demand a preacher’s attention, we try to provide helpful resources at the Preacher Party. This time I want to start with a word of encouragement to take on the hard truth facing U.S. churches in particular. Preachers, I am thinking about the group of people who used to meet with… Read More

Friday Prayer: Hard Words

God of Abraham and Sarah, You saw fit to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah for inhospitality. Those who could fled with the taste of ashes in their mouths. One dared to look back, thinking of what had been known and loved- Still holding to beauty and dreams, even though they were anathema to you.   Inhospitality reigns.… Read More

Mother Emanuel – a special The Pastoral is Political

As the news of a shooting at Emanuel AME Church began to circulate on social media last night, members of RevGalBlogPals posted on Facebook asking for prayers for “Mother Emanuel.” Today our bloggers have called pastors and the church to action and offered cries of lament. This special edition of The Pastoral is Political excerpts… Read More