Narrative Lectionary: Soft Targets (John 13:1-17)

“Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!”  The departing parishioner accosted my pastor friend at the church door, at the end of worship.  “Is that all you have to talk about?” “Pretty much,” he answered.  The Narrative Lectionary asks us the same question, and, thankfully, the answer is still yes. Read the scripture here. Read Meda Stamper’s commentary for Working… Read More

Friday Festival: Temptation and More

A stained and battered alb has at Diane Roth at Faith in Community thinking about the temptation to keep our true selves hidden.  A misadventure with a pen and the washing machine left her “new” alb with looking worse than ever.  “I briefly considered wearing the alb anyway, on Ash Wednesday.  If you see it,… Read More

Wits’ Ends Day: Happy (Ash) Valentine’s (Wednes)Day

Hallmark may not be taking advantage of this unique opportunity, but I thought somebody should create a few cards to mark the confluence of Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday. Sending all my love and penitent thoughts to you lovely clergywomen on this day of hearts and ashes.   If you’ve ever struggled with the logistics of… Read More

Pastoral is Political: The Talk

There it was, out of the blue, I mean, I maybe should have seen it coming, but didn’t. I can’t explain it, all the signs were there. Last week I was catching up on Grey’s Anatomy, a show many have abandoned over it’s fourteen seasons, but one I still watch. If you watch it too,… Read More