Narrative Lectionary: Mixed Martial Arts [Genesis 32:[9-13] 22-30]

Our physical bodies so often reveal our emotional tensions.  The person who is carrying the weight of the world has shoulders that slump inward, bowed by an invisible, deeply felt burden.  The person who is all bent out of shape emotionally also has mysterious aches and pains.  The one who can’t stand something develops pain… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Turn out the lights

Light pollution is one visible symptom of our undoing of the order of Creation. The separation of day and night is countered by round-the-clock activity and artificial illumination. We refuse to submit ourselves to the bounds that God set for us. We have rebelled from the beginning. But this past weekend, for a brief moment, I glimpsed hope. Read More

RCL: God’s Got Us Covered

Many years ago, I sent out post cards to about 400 senior high youth that said the following: Would you marry a prostitute? Come to Sunday School and find out. Needless to say, I received a number of phone calls from concerned parents. I also had a full Sunday school class for a few weeks.… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Finding Faith in the Desert

Have you ever been at the point in your life when one thing you wanted, just one thing, was more important to you than anything else? When life could have handed you a million dollars, a brand new car, and a whole household full of new appliances, and it wouldn’t have meant a thing? Because… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Creation- Again!- Edition

Scripture can be found here… Working Preacher commentary by Roger Nam can be found here… Welcome to Year 2 of the Narrative Lectionary! (Frequently Asked Questions can be found here…) If someone asked you to sit down and tell them the story of God’s relationship to this world and the people in it, hitting all… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Stairway to Heaven Edition (Genesis 27:1-4, 15-23; 28:10-17)

“The Dream of Jacob” by He Qi Scripture can be found here… We meet Jacob this week, and that in itself is a bit of a surprise. Though last week we were immersed in the drama of Isaac—the long awaited child of promise, whose life was suddenly in jeopardy because of the test God imposed… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: God said to Abraham, “Kill Me a Son.” (Genesis 21:1-13; 22:1-14)

I estimate that I’ve participated in or observed, roughly, 29 years of Vacation Bible School. Never, in those years, has the Binding of Isaac been featured as a story to fit with the year’s VBS theme.   We could have a whole child sacrifice/near-sacrifice thing- Isaac, Jepthah’s daughter, Jonathan and Michal, Hosea’s horrifically named children,… Read More