The Pastoral is Political: Romans 13

In the midst of the current immigration debacle in the United States, I have seen an uptick in quoting Romans 13:1-2: Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed,… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Hoping Against Hope (Romans 5:1-11)

When my daughter was young, I would often say, “Hmmm…” as I thought about something.  “What hmmm?” she would demand, wondering what I was pondering. We have the same reaction to Paul, as the reading begins with “therefore…”  “What therefore?” we wonder.  Read the Narrative  Lectionary Commentary here. Read the scripture here. With his adept… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Nothing Can Separate Us (Romans 8:18-31)

The Narrative Lectionary readings for the week are Acts 2:1-4 and Romans 8:18-38. The commentary at Working Preacher is here and you can find the podcast nearby.   I’m sitting here looking at the blank screen. I’m tired. Seemingly impossibly tired.   I’ve been advocating for Medicaid Expansion in my state and the answers that… Read More