Narrative Lectionary: Never Assume [Luke 1:5-13, [14-25] 57-80]

The story of the birth of John the Baptist is the story of the ordinary turned upside down, and made extraordinary.  Every common assumption is reversed, through the power of God. Everyone in the story is wrong about what they expect to happen.  God is in the reversal business all through Advent and Christmas, changing… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Shut Up! (Luke 1:5-13, 57-80)

As Luke prepares the stage for John the Baptist (Luke 1:5-13, 57-80), he picks up familiar themes – a woman who longs for a child becomes pregnant through God’s intervention, an older couple see a long-awaited dream fulfilled and an angel comes with a terrifying message.  As Luke introduces Zechariah and Elizabeth, he wants us… Read More