Revised Common Lectionary: On the Law

Last Sunday’s passage from the Sermon on the Mount ended with Jesus’ assurance that he did not come to abolish the law. He assured his listeners that, to use the King James language, not “one jot or one tittle” would pass from the law, until all was fulfilled. The understanding of Jesus as “lawgiver” is… Read More

RCL: Origin Stories

In her final, beautiful book, the late, luminous Rachel Held Evans wrote, The role of origin stories, both in the ancient Near Eastern culture from which the Old Testament emerged and at that familiar kitchen table where you first learned how your grandparents met, is to enlighten the present by recalling the past. Origin stories… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Literal Interpretation

The text for the week is here. The Working Preacher commentary is here. I commend the WP podcast to you!   If I were striving for a two-minute sermon this week, I would say, “In my years of preaching and pastoring, I have been asked about literal interpretations of scripture. How do we understand Revelation? When… Read More