Preaching on Christmas Day 2020

First off, let me say that some congregations and some pastors love Christmas Day. I served such a group for 10 years. The 20-30 people who gathered on the morning of the 25 wanted to be there. They craved the lights up, coffee brewing, less-frequently sung hymns, and reading of John 1. I loved it… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Word! (John 1:1-18)

“In the beginning,” John starts out, calling us back to creation and the vision of a new creation here.  In this new creation, the Word of God is alongside God, a partner is creation, until it takes on flesh.  Like the first creation story in Genesis 1, this creation has the feeling of praise-filled poetry. … Read More

Friday Prayer: God Bless Us, Every One

There are RevGals and Pals in Hawai’i, which is an hour behind me. They might have evening services today. I’ve just finished Christmas Day services here in Anchorage, Alaska. Our Australian and New Zealand RGBPers are already into Boxing Day. Everyone else is somewhere in between.   Amid our exhaustion, jubilation, stress, on-going work, and… Read More