Revised Common Lectionary: Money Edition

The Revised Common Lectionary continues to bring us complicated teachings of Jesus from the Gospel of Matthew. In an attempt to catch Jesus teaching against the government, the Pharisees ask him about paying taxes. Is it lawful or not? Jesus says to give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and give to God the things… Read More

Biblical Investments

I recently heard about “Biblically Responsible Investing.” My partner, who is not a pastor, and therefore not as cynical as I am, thought that such investment portfolios might be concerned with basic biblical principles like immigrant justice, anti-racism, alleviating poverty, and protecting the environment. “Nope,” I said. “I bet its all about being against abortion… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: First, Last, and Everlasting (Mark 10:17-31)

Our passage for the first Sunday in Lent is set in motion by an urgent question: “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” What is eternal life? What, in particular, did Jews mean when using such a phrase, given the scant evidence in the Hebrew Scriptures for any developed notion of an… Read More

In the Company of the Saints

This past Sunday afternoon, I was at church with my son. He was playing in the back and I was meeting with a couple of people in the front. A man from the congregation came by and did some minor repairs on the building, including changing lightbulbs. My son followed him around- interested in the… Read More

The Multiplier Effect

Mark 6:30-34 – esp 31b: [Jesus] said to the Apostles, “Come by yourselves to a secluded place and rest for a while.”  RGBP translation: “Come away to a place set apart where we can rest, recoup, share resources, and support each other.”  The congregation I serve is beginning to have honest conversations about money and… Read More

Ask the Matriarch: Counting Complications

This week’s question came from our Facebook group. What are your rules for counting the offering and handling the money in your congregations? We are having accusations from people unwilling to share actual information, that one of our regular counters, who is a known gossip in the church and power monger, is sharing confidential information.… Read More