Narrative Lectionary: Soft Targets (John 13:1-17)

“Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!”  The departing parishioner accosted my pastor friend at the church door, at the end of worship.  “Is that all you have to talk about?” “Pretty much,” he answered.  The Narrative Lectionary asks us the same question, and, thankfully, the answer is still yes. Read the scripture here. Read Meda Stamper’s commentary for Working… Read More

Ash Wednesday: Lectionaries

With all your heart, cries God through the prophet Joel. With a clean heart, prays the psalmist. With a heart set on heaven, teaches Jesus. (And for those preachers whose hearts are set on using the Narrative Lectionary texts for Ash Wednesday, check out this reflection on Psalm 23 and John 10:1-18.) Ash Wednesday’s Revised… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Who is Blind? Who Can See? Edition (John 9:1-41)

Why didn’t someone tell me decades ago that spit and dirt make such a great healing tool?  I could have been a millionaire before starting kindergarten!!!! In the passage this week (John 9:1-41, you can read it here) we have a healing story, though to be honest it really appears that the healing is not… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Table Tipping (John 2:13-25)

“Well, Jesus got angry,” we hear people of faith explain, giving ourselves the right to be mad, too.  It can be directed at the person who made us late for an event to the ugliness of human trafficking, or anything and everything in between.  Our anger can be a slow burn or a hot flash. … Read More

Preacher Party: Heatwave Edition

  image from weather.com for Albany Ok, its 55-60 degrees up here in Albany NY, and after -10/15 windchills, we are enjoying are heatwave up here. That means lots of time out and about, after weeks of hibernating, and getting some energy out. Unfortunately, this means there are still sermons to be written! (Plus there’s… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Come and See Edition (John 1:35-51)

Welcome to 2018! This week we continue our journey through John 1 (3 weeks now!) and finalize the hand off from John the Baptist to Jesus, the Word-Made-Flesh, the Lamb of God who takest away the sin of the world (to use some phrases that have already been offered by the Gospel writer to describe… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Word! (John 1:1-18)

“In the beginning,” John starts out, calling us back to creation and the vision of a new creation here.  In this new creation, the Word of God is alongside God, a partner is creation, until it takes on flesh.  Like the first creation story in Genesis 1, this creation has the feeling of praise-filled poetry. … Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Dance Bones Dance! (Ezekiel 37:1-14)

It seems like such a silly question.  Standing in a valley of dried up skeletons Ezekiel is asked “Can these bones live?” The answer is obvious….isn’t it? Not in this week’s reading.  Good thing Ezekiel is smart enough to defer to God’s answer. You can read the passage here. The Working Preacher commentary is here… 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

Narrative Lectionary Justice like Water, Washing Away, Providing Growth… (Amos 1:1-2; 5:14-15, 21-24)

Amos is one of my favourite prophets, if not at the head of the list. At the same time I would agree with a point made in the Working Preacher podcast that Amos, taken seriously, is a voice that provides a real challenge to those of us living in positions of privilege. The exact quote,… Read More