Narrative Lectionary: Who's Corban? Whose Corban? (Mark 7:1-23)

Once my children went to preschool and then on to kindergarten, they were very alert to hand washing. Now, of course, I taught them to wash their hands after the potty and before eating, etc., but school and teachers brought that lesson into full force. I do utterly and completely believe in hand washing, but… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Blessed Beyond Measure

Lunar New Year, Groundhog Day, Superbowl Sunday, Candlemas, first Sunday in Black History Month, Palindrome Sunday (02.02.2020)…. this weekend offers a plethora of opportunities for preaching themes and illustrations! If you are preaching from the Revised Common Lectionary, blessings abound. This week we hear Paul’s words to the church at Corinth about the way God’s… Read More

Friday Prayer: Sustain me, please

Dear God- It feels like another day- one more list of things to do, one more attempt to be mindful, a few more meals, reminders of what I haven’t accomplished. I hate to let any time go by without recognizing the beauty of the world, the possibilities of hope, the grace of moments. Unfortunately, though,… Read More

Friday Prayer: The Small Hours of the Soul

3 a.m. is an unholy hour. Not because God is absent, but because in the exhaustion of the soul, Idols creep in, hauling their own plinths behind them. The petty gods of anxiety and frustration fight over the floorspace of your mind While slinky griefs and self-doubt drape themselves cunningly in the most conspicuous places.… Read More

RevGalBookPals: The #MeToo Reckoning

Content Warning: sexual assault, abuse, rape, church abuse,   I am Lutheran (ELCA). In Lutheran theological understanding, all of the commandments are interconnected, not only to our relationship with God, but to our relationship with other people. Commandments are most quickly broken because we (people) create false idols. These are not the golden calf of… Read More

Friday Prayer: Care of All Things

Creator of all things- I pray for the animals, the bugs, the creeping things, the critters that you made, love, and for which you care. I trust that each tripping hoof, whispering antenna, and minuscule stretch is known to you. I grieve that the missteps of human beings cause pain and suffering to our created… Read More