Revised Common Lectionary: Faithful Followers

An impossible child. Sarah and Abraham receive wonderful news from God in today’s reading from Genesis. Though they have no children, and Sarah is long past child-bearing age (and Abraham is long past child-rearing age), God promises them that they will become parents to a multitude of nations. In a society where one’s worth was… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Edition!

That’s right! It’s Transfiguration Sunday! (Confession: I’m being completely sarcastic. I find Transfiguration one of the most difficult Sundays to preach; in fact, I’m ignoring it and preaching on Mark 2:1-12, which doesn’t make it into the RCL this year). But, if you love Transfiguration, or are preaching about it anyway, Rachael Keefe’s reflection will… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Transformative Encounter (John 4:1-42)

The Working Preacher Narrative Lectionary post for this week can be found here. In the story of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, we see Jesus modelling a way of encountering others that is inviting, challenging, provoking, affirming, and, in the end transforming, not just for the one he encounters but for a… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: The Dangerous Theology of Women, Bodies and Pain

Please be aware that the contents of this article may present triggers for many readers. Recently, I read The Week’s article “The female price of male pleasure” by Lili Loofbourow.  The article speaks of the pain many women endure as collateral for men’s gratification.  Loofbourow states “Women are enculturated to be uncomfortable most of the… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: The offer of life

As ever, our texts this week, offer many opportunities to speak into the life of our world and the communities we serve. Discussions on the Narrative Lectionary Text can be found here, and on the Revised Common Lectionary Readings here. How about you? Where are you going with the word of life? Where are you… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

“My cup runneth over” may be my grandest dream for today, But in reality “My cup is half-full” would suffice. In this somewhat-subdued time of year- Whether slower gray days in the North Or balmy calming days in the South- We are called to renew our energy. And yet, these supposed-slow moments are slid aside… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

God who created the expanding universe and designed each atom which dances in our world- let’s talk about anxiety for a minute. Why is it that my mind churns night and day wondering and worrying? Why is my heart racing, and why do I feel overwhelming nausea? Why do I feel like I can’t move… Read More

Tuesday Prayer

God of all times and temperatures- we abide with you in all seasons and weather conditions. But seriously God, does it need to be this cold in the Northwest Hemisphere??? Each move that my muscles make requires more energy than I’m willing to invest. The dropping degrees are nagging at my joints. If I could… Read More