RCL Apostles Instruction Manual

Here, is one of the few places where the disciples are not following Jesus (physically), they are instead sent ahead, as apostles. And, as they are going without Jesus, he gives them the instruction manual of dos and do nots. “pairs” Jesus doesn’t send anyone alone. A model that we often forget in the church.… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Resurrection Encounters and Easter People

What gorgeous texts the Revised Common Lectionary offers us for this coming Sunday! A passage from Revelation that is perhaps known best to most of us from its myriad musical settings, from Handel’s “Messiah” to “This is the Feast of Victory”… A psalm whose text outlines God’s power to transform, as Working Preacher commentator Bobby… Read More

RCL: Perfume and Poor

Only human beings can take a text like “the poor will always be with you” and turn it into a hammer text. The first time I heard that some people thought that John 12:1-8 was about Jesus commanding us to keep people poor in this text, my jaw dropped. Not only does this turn something… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party – Oil with your Prodigals?

Hi there preachers, would-be-preachers, gonna-preach-eventually-preachers, I-know-I-have-words-somewhere-preachers… this is your one stop shop for collective groaning, sharing of goodies (virtual), ideas, words of encouragement and general Oh-my-Goodness-where-did-the-week-go calls for help. It’s the middle of Lent; here in Scotland this means two things this week – it’s Mothering Sunday and time for us to catch up with… Read More

RCL: Temptation Time

https://www.agnusday.org/comics/269/matthew-04-01-11-2008 We are beginning Lent with temptations, per usual. And as all well known passages, it’s a tricky one to preach on. I fully believe that part of Jesus being fully human means that he was actually tempted by these offers from the devil. He actually does want to eat bread, or die, or rule… Read More

RCL: The Dazzling Edition

Moses’ shining face, Paul’s proclamation of transformation from glory to glory, and dazzling Jesus on a mountain top. Must be Transfiguration Sunday once again. Who doesn’t need a dose of dazzle to launch us into Lent? These are all odd texts, but there is hope and power embedded in them just waiting to come alive… Read More

RCL: Behavior Modification Edition

Do you ever get discouraged by human behavior? I do, often. I sometimes find even my own behavior disheartening. We know what is right and good, yet we persist in doing things that are harmful to ourselves, to our neighbors, or to the planet. The other day, after reading a particularly horrid news article, I… Read More

RCL: Wandering Wisdom

Its one of those rare Sundays when Narrative Lectionary and RCL mirror one another, and we all pause to celebrate Epiphany. Epiphany is a funny concept. We think of it as a sudden burst of inspiration, but experience is that it is more gradual, like the journey of the magi. Whether the magi come a… Read More