Narrative Lectionary: The World Turned Upside Down (Acts 17:1-9, 1 Thess 1)

The Narrative Lectionary continues its sweep through Acts, this week with the story of Paul and Silas in Thessalonica. We see the story as Luke tells it in Acts and the way Paul refers to it in a letter to the church. This is a good text to offer when people in the pews tell… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Prison Blues Edition (Acts 16:16-34)

This Sunday’s text is Acts 16:16-34, and the Working Preacher commentary can be found here. We’re meeting Paul and Silas in prison. I recently traveled to Lumpkin, Georgia, to the ICE civil prison called the Stewart Detention Center. Most of my undocumented neighbors picked up by Immigration, Control and Enforcement end up in this “civil”… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: In Chains

St. Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London Scripture can be found here; Working Preacher Commentary and “I Love to Tell the Story” Podcast are here. To vastly oversimplify: The Acts of the Apostles is the story of the Holy Spirit guiding and leading the early church. In the normal course of things, the church resists… Read More