The Pastoral is Political: Church Seasons

Jesus said, “Have you never read what David did when he & his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, giving some to his companions too. In the same way, the sabbath was made for humanity’s sake — humanity was not made for sabbath’s sake. The… Read More

Narrative Lectionary — Get By With A Little Help From my Friends Edition (Philippians 1:1-18a)

This week we move out of Acts and into the Epistles, as we start to take a look at Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi. We will read from Chapter 1 this week, Chapter 2 next week and from Chapter 4 on Pentecost Sunday. You can read the 18 verses for this week here. … Read More

Pastoral is Political: Jesus Christ Superstar

Every year, there’s something in Holy Week that resonates particularly strongly for me. This year, it was the words of those complicit religious leaders.* “We have no king but Caesar.” When I talked about this with the senior pastor and our intern after the Good Friday service, I tried to distance myself from those words.… Read More

Easter Sunday Prayer

Of first importance: Life, hallelujah! Life beyond understanding, life renewed despite death, life growing and changing, life outside of time & flesh, life created in blessing — hallelujah! Of first importance: Grace, hallelujah! Grace unhindered by guilt, grace multiplying with love, grace to comfort our hearts, grace with partiality to joy, grace upon grace upon… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Along with many other preachers

All Good Friday, I thought about you, preachers. We know what the women who followed Jesus were doing on Friday. “Some women were watching from a distance, including Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James (the younger one) and Joses, and Salome. When Jesus was in Galilee, these women had followed and supported him, along with… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Sunday’s Coming!

Tony Campolo famously preaches a sermon called “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Coming!” and I’ve been hearing his voice in my head as it occurs to the preacher in me, SUNDAY’S COMING and SOON. The Narrative Lectionary is almost to the end of our journey through John’s gospel. Our passage for Sunday is John 20:1-18. Working Preacher… Read More

RCL: The On-Going Story Continues

Throughout Lent, I’ve been contemplating the power of stories – biblical stories, ancient stories, personal stories, fictional stories, mythical stories, new stories, my story, written stories, oral stories, poetic stories, musical stories, all kinds of stories. There’s power in words. Sometimes we forget the power words have. Sometimes we’re too busy or too burdened to… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Easter Revisited

Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! And this is just as true the Sunday after Easter as it was on Easter itself, with all the flowers and choirs and trumpets and bonus worshippers and long-awaited Hallelujahs! Most of us are celebrating the Resurrection this week with less of the bells and whistles, and with… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Easter Sunday

Preachers, if you are still working on Holy Week sermons and reflections, you’re in good company — we’re 11th hour pros here at RevGalBlogPals! Here’s our Holy Week lectionary post that you can check out and comment on as you prep for worship. For Easter preachers working with the Revised Common Lectionary, you have a plethora of scripture available… Read More