Narrative Lectionary – Before and After (Galatians 1:13-17, 2:11-21)

A staple feature of women’s magazine’s is the makeover.  We get the “before” picture, with the disorganized closet, the unflattering haircut or the dated clothes.  Then the experts take over, and we see the “after” picture of the functional closet, the arresting haircut, or the stylish new clothes.  One magazine, bowing to reality, used to… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: The Early Church in Conflict (Acts 15)

The early church was full of amazing things, wasn’t it? The Holy Spirit working in and among the people, the people living together, sharing all things in common, all seemingly working towards a common goal. It seems idyllic, doesn’t it? And then we re-read this Sunday’s passage found in Acts 15:1-17. You can find the Working… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: The Circle Starts to Spread Edition (Acts 8:26-39, Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch)

As we continue our Easter journey through Acts we embark on a theme that will carry us through the next few weeks . Who gets to be part of the church? What are the criteria for inclusion? A foreign eunuch? Those who do not follow the Law? This week we have a story that is… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Heartburn (Luke 24:13-35)

Journalist Cokie Roberts said once that, decades after her father’s death, she still thinks she sees him on the streets of Washington, D.C., the city where he lived and worked.  Someone with a similar gait, or mannerisms, will catch her eye, and for a brief, impossible moment, she thinks it’s her father. We have the… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Can we get to Jerusalem Already? Edition (Luke 18:31-19:10)

There are stories that remain with us for years. This week’s text offers up one of them (though would I remember it so well without this sappy little song???). Many chapters ago Luke told us that Jesus had set his face toward Jerusalem. Surely we must be getting close by now right? On the other… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Lost Souls (Luke 16:19-31)

I recently damaged the side mirror on my car, and was lamenting the need to go to the dealer for a replacement.  Sad previous experience had taught me that this would be very expensive.  “Don’t do that,” one of our church custodians told me, “there’s a much cheaper way to do it.”  He told me… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: The Lost Sons

This text was the most fun to consider while I was living in Bali, Indonesia, where there were cultural rules similar to the first century. The first child was called “Wayan,” the second “Made.” Kuta is the big city where the Australians all come to party. And arak is the local rot-gut moonshine. Today’s text… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Glory, then Guts (Luke 9:28-45)

Like eating a big pile of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, we gorge on glory before we enter the somber season of Lent.  The Transfiguration story fills us up with mystery before the Lent’s fare of sacrifice and approaching death. Read the text here. Read the Working Preacher commentary here. Death and glory mingle together in… Read More

Narrative Lectionary Leanings “Tell Me Who You Are” Edition (Luke 7:18-35)

Who are you?  Who? Who? Who? WHO? That is the question asked in this week’s passage (Luke 7:18-35) [Read it here] To aid in your preparation the folks at Working Preacher provide a commentary and a podcast, and over at Text this Week you can find some other links Sitting in prison, John the Baptist… Read More

Narrative Lectionary Leaning–following the rules

Luke 6:1-16 As the Narrative Lectionary moves through Luke, we get the story of Jesus and his disciples getting in trouble for not marking the Sabbath as the Pharisees would have them do.  From picking grains of wheat to healing a man with a withered hand–they get it wrong. We live in a world where… Read More