Narrative Lectionary: The Other Side of History (2 Samuel 5:1-5, 6:1-5)

Reading through the stories about David is like flipping through a photo album and watching a family member age over time.  Here, we meet a mature David, a man of accomplishment but not yet the callous king who wreaks so much havoc to satisfy his own whims.  This is no longer the impulsive boy who… Read More

Narrative Lectionary:God’s People Let Go

This week, we leave behind the matriarchs and patriarchs of Genesis and have one week in the Exodus story. The passage is Exodus 1:8-14 [15-2:10]; 3:1-15. Commentary at Working Preacher is here. As I read through the text, I was heartbroken to recognize the strategy of Pharaoh in my own governmental leaders as they speak… Read More

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

11th Hour Preacher Party: Messy Desk Edition

At the first church I served, the church administrator gave me a sign for my office door: “A clean desk is the sign of a messy mind.” Ahem. Yes, my desk is always always always messy. Let’s hope that means my mind is orderly, because it’s time to get a sermon in order. Preaching friends,… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Loneliness & Abundance

It is important to note that many people struggle with infertility. That for those in our congregation, of all ages, the struggle to conceive a baby is real. Who knows how many miscarriages Sarah had. Who knows if Sarah was one of those who’s body never quite worked right. There are those who long for… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Romans 6:1-14

How are you doing, halfway through Romans? I find it really challenging to preach this book, but nevertheless, we persist. Commentary at Working Preacher is here. Our passage this week drops into the middle of one of Paul’s arguments. It may be worth looking back to chapter 5, where it begins.  In 5:20, Paul writes,… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Hoping Against Hope (Romans 5:1-11)

When my daughter was young, I would often say, “Hmmm…” as I thought about something.  “What hmmm?” she would demand, wondering what I was pondering. We have the same reaction to Paul, as the reading begins with “therefore…”  “What therefore?” we wonder.  Read the Narrative  Lectionary Commentary here. Read the scripture here. With his adept… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party:

It’s that time of the week again, the time when one really can’t procrastinate one’s sermon-writing much longer, can one? Revised Common Lectionary preachers might be resurrecting Tabitha/Dorcas, or otherwise exploring Good Shepherd texts. Narrative Lectionary preachers are traveling with Paul and Barnabas. Maybe you’ve come up with a post-Easter series, or (in the U.S.)… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Religious Plurality (Acts 13:1-3; 14:8-18)

Sometimes I need a reminder that as much as I love Jesus, as much as I follow Jesus, I am not Jesus. And sometimes, when the folks around me so desperately need saving, I have to remind myself that I cannot save them. When I look at the difficulties in my church, I remind myself,… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Invitations (Matthew 22:1-14)

Decisions, decisions, decisions…the other day I RSVP’d for a wedding, and I was invited to choose my meal from these options: gluten-free, nut-free, vegetarian and “I’ll eat anything.”  The hosts are working hard to show hospitality to all of their guests.  And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  They have to make decisions about… Read More