Revised Common Lectionary Advent 2

The end is near. Continuing Matthew’s theme, John the Baptist carries a heavy load of pointing out that the kingdom of God is immanent. A source of comfort to Mary in her magnificat, it is a source of worry for those in powers. John the Baptist promises radical restructuring of the world. “Who warned you… Read More

RCL: This Changes Everything

Here Jesus warns of the cost of discipleship. That it will cost you a real way, in your relationships to follow Jesus. This is a hard text for me, when I would rather be nice and get along, then directly challenge people. And yet, my faith in Jesus calls for me to name and lament… Read More

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