RCL: Faith Journeys

Our four texts take us on four different journeys of faith: The journey of God’s covenant people, imaged as the beloved child of God their mother…Hosea 11:1-11. The journey of those God gathers in from the four directions, people who are in distress, hungry and thirsty and in need of a habitable home…Psalm 107:1-9, 43.… 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

Narrative Lectionary: Business Practices

I’ve heard this parable (here) preached and taught as an economic justice story. And, it is. I’ve also heard it shared in relation to God’s grace, abundance, and generosity. And, it is. But, when I read it this time something new happened for me. Images of an owner whose business practice is to center persons… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Wheat and Weeds

Jesus could have been using my garden as an example when telling this parable. Weeds among the things that were intentionally planted? Story of my life. I don’t particularly like weeding, so often the weeds will grow so tall that they will overshadow the plants that are supposed to be the highlights of my garden!… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Parables Edition (Mark 4:1-34)

Years ago I had a professor who described his class- a survey of Christology- as being akin to “roller skating through the Louvre”- by which he meant: his job was, essentially, to say, “Look at this! Look at that! Look at this! Look at that!” Our journey through Mark reminded me of that professor and… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Wisdom and Folly Edition

Scripture can be found here… Working Preacher commentary and podcast can be found here… Like the parabolic Bridegroom, I am late… very late. I hope you have all kept your lamps trimmed and burning… but take heart. Here no one will be locked out! We are moving into our second to last parable in this… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Solving Syria

I know what to do about Syria. I know, I know. You think that if a host of world experts, Security Council advisors, and even the President of the United States are hesitant about how to act, SURELY a 30-something Lutheran clergywoman doesn’t know. Oh, but I do. Even my husband, former Army Ranger, West… Read More