Narrative Lectionary: Prophetic Utterance Edition (Isaiah 9:1-7)

This Sunday’s text is Isaiah 9:1-7. The Working Preacher commentary for this Sunday seems to be missing, but there’s an older commentary here. I’m reading Abraham Joshua Heschel’s The Prophets right now. Truth be told, it would have been good to read it before I started preaching on Amos, but time being what it is,… Read More


Matthew 21: 33-46 I don’t know how to read such a rending text on the heels of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma & Maria, and the violence in both Rohingya and Las Vegas. Its hard for me to read about the brutal killing of the messengers and the son of the landowner. And, the response by the… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Isaiah’s Hope

Today is Election Day in the United States, and the stakes seem as high, if not higher, than they have ever been. Today it feels like we choose between hope and fear. And nearly everyone in our nation (no matter which side of the election your politics reside) would tell you we choose between good… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Listen Up!

As I reflect on this week’s readings, I’m enjoying a little vacation before my kid goes back to school. This week’s readings almost make me wish I were going to be in the pulpit this Sunday. Almost. I’ve been sitting with Jeremiah for most of this year and have committed to using it for personal… Read More

Friday Prayer: Isaiah 11, For Our Time

The truncated tree of Leah, Tamar, Rahab, and Ruth shall sprout, New growth shall come from their roots.   The spirit of the Lord shall rest on the One who comes, the spirit of discernment and patience, the spirit of thoughtfulness and strength, the spirit of deep awareness of the power of the Lord.  … Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Tending the Plants (Isaiah 5:1-7, 11:1-5)

These two passages from Isaiah offer us images of God’s people as plants, well-tended but unruly in the first reading, and a place of surprising growth in the second reading.  In both, God is speaking  a word of judgment to people who have failed to live God’s call for righteousness.  In both, God is calling… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party – Three-in-One Edition

It’s Trinity Sunday. Are you experiencing the presence of the creator as Isaiah describes? Are you listening to Jesus telling us how to be born from above, as Nicodemus did? Or, like the Romans,  are you feeling the spirit of adoption? Or are you going to cover all three in one sermon? See what I… Read More