Narrative Lectionary: Minimum Protection (Jeremiah 1:4-10, 7:1-11)

Watching the work that people in my congregation do, it’s clear that they’re called by God to use their gifts as teachers or social workers, as parents or attorneys.  Sometimes they say they just drifted into the work they do, not seeing the steps as part of God’s leading.  Other times they have a certainty… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Settle In (Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14)

Recently, my dad has had a full schedule of hospital appointments and doctors’ visits.  Because he’s using a wheelchair, a Care Transport van picks him up for each appointment.  Without fail, the driver is a gentle man in the uniform of brown pants, brown shoes and a green jacket, with limited English, and careful driving… 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

Narrative Lectionary: A Word to the Exiles (Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14)

Scripture can be found here… The Narrative Lectionary skims over a couple of centuries to bring us to what is arguably, along with the story of the Exodus from slavery in Egypt, one of the two most important events in shaping the identity of God’s covenant people: the Babylonian exile. After the defeat of the… Read More