RCL: Power vs. Perfection

In Mark 1:4-11 Mark gives the succinct version of John the Baptist. The power of this narrative is so strong that every line could be read and pondered. “John the Baptizer appeared.” Why did he appear? How did he know when to do so? Was he told by his mother Elizabeth, relative of Mary? Did… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

Creator, we feel it The atmosphere shifting The atmosphere is shifting Words of hate spilling out of mouths of leaders, filling the ears of the desolate, loud and brazen over airways, from pulpits, and in the streets The disease of white supremacy metastasizing and showing up ever more aggressive, threatening and terminal The atmosphere is… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Muddy Revelations (Genesis 2:4b-7, 15-17, 3:1-8)

When the woman opened her closet door, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Definitely not what I saw on the full shelves.  Serving as a hospice chaplain, I was always interested in what people did to prepare for the death they knew was coming.  Family visits, long-delayed trips, going to the beach and sitting outside… Read More

RCL: Teaching & Obeying

Matthew 26 19-20 is the end of the beginning. It closes the gospel, like every good sermon, with what to do next. Go & Make: This command is given in such a way that it can be read wrong (and often has been). We have the authority of God not to “make” disciples by force–and… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

I feel like we are always asking for something when we pray, O God We have our lists…we need so much – especially right now… Healing… Justice… Transformation… Courage… Faith… Release… So instead of asking, today we come offering to you, Gracious God our renewed commitment to you our renewed commitment to humanity our renewed… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

Elections Illnesses [Un]natural disasters Policing Racism Transphobia Anti-Blackness Patriarchy Anti-Immigrant …this and more … …has me playing the theme song from “Harriet” on repeat this Wednesday, O God. And praying, praying, praying… But I know that this is not enough So I am asking for energy to keep standing up I am asking for courage… Read More