Lectionary — January 12 | Baptism of the Lord

Typhoon Yolanda Beach - Dumaguete

RCL Texts for the week of January 12, 2014* Isaiah 42:1-9 Psalm 29 Acts 10:34-43 Matthew 3:13-17 If I were preaching this Sunday… Shock of all shocks, I AM preaching this Sunday. I'll be preaching at Christ United Presbyterian Church in San Francisco where they have asked me to come and talk about the Philippines and the experience of being there during Typhoon Haiyan. … [Read more...]

Lectionary — December 29 | Christmas 1

debbie downer

RCL Texts for the week of December 29, 2013* Isaiah 63:7-9 Psalm 148 Hebrews 2:10-18 Matthew 2:13-23 If I were preaching this Sunday… I would love to preach the Matthew passage and title the sermon, "This shit just got real!" but I'm not that brave, so I probably would never go through with it. A preacher can dream . . . … [Read more...]

Lectionary — November 10 | Proper 27 | Pentecost +25

Confirmation bias cartoon

RCL Texts for the week of November 6, 2013* Haggai 1:15b-2:9 Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 Luke 20:27-38 If I were preaching this Sunday… I would again, as is is my way, touch upon the questions of truth. In the case of the letter to the Thessalonians, it is about answering the questions, "To what do we hold onto as tradition . . . and why?" … [Read more...]

Lectionary — October 27 | Proper 25 | Pentecost +23

Australia Sunset -- Frankston, Victoria

RCL Texts for the week of October 27, 2013* Joel 2:23-32 Psalm 65 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Luke 18:9-14 If I were preaching this Sunday… Depending on your context blessings will mean different things. Some will think they earned every blessing that is in their lives while others would not be able to name a blessing if it smacked them in the face. … [Read more...]

Lectionary — October 20 | Proper 24 | Pentecost +22

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RCL Texts for the week of October 20, 2013* Jeremiah 31:27-34 Psalm 119:97-104 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 Luke 18:1-8 If I were preaching this Sunday… This week signals the probable end to the government shut-down, so there must be something to say in the midst of this latest development that impacts us all. Again, the temptation to step into the partisanship or to avoid the conversation is strong, but I think there is a word about gracious disagreement that can still be lifted up.  … [Read more...]

Lectionary — October 13 | Proper 23 | Pentecost +21

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RCL Texts for the week of October 13, 2013* Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 Psalm 66:1-12 2 Timothy 2:8-15 Luke 17:11-19 If I were preaching this Sunday… . . . I'd preach on Jeremiah 29:4-7. This passage is one of my favorites. As a city dweller and one who believes that we should be engaged in the context in which we find ourselves, this is a comforting and challenging passage. In a world where the grass is always greener, the next thing is the best thing and staying put is sometimes seen … [Read more...]

Lectionary — October 6 | Proper 22 | Pentecost +20

The Capitol

RCL Texts for the week of October 6, 2013* Lamentations 1:1-6 Psalm 137 2 Timothy 1:1-14 Luke 17:5-10 If I were preaching this Sunday... … [Read more...]

Lectionary — September 15 | Proper 19 | Pentecost +17

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RCL Texts for the week of September 15, 2013* Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 Psalm 14 1 Timothy 1:12-17 Luke 15:1-10 If I were preaching this Sunday This Sunday is another one of those Sundays where the preach must decide how much to bring into the sermon that which is bound to create some tension. For good or bad, I am one who leans on the side of inviting that which may create some conflict in the hopes that the community is able to work through it to some place of growth. This is of … [Read more...]

Lectionary — September 8 | Proper 18 | Pentecost +16

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RCL Texts for the week of September 8, 2013* First reading: Jeremiah 18:1-11 Psalm: Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 Second Reading: Philemon 1:1-1:21 Gospel Reading: Luke 14:25-33 If I were preaching on Philemon I talk about Philemon on this week's The Hardest Question and think this is such a great opportunity to talk about the power of scripture in the world. While some would like to escape into intellectual and contextual safety that this reading allows, why not talk about "What has been … [Read more...]

Lectionary — September 1 | Proper 17 | Pentecost +15

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RCL Texts for the week of September 1, 2013* First reading: Jeremiah 2:4-13 Psalm: 81: 1, 10-16 Second reading: Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 Gospel: Luke 14:1, 7-14 If I were preaching on Psalm 81: 1, 10-16 In light of American battleships moving closer to Syria, this week's news sources have been disproportionately filled with reactions and responses to Miley Cyrus' Video Music Awards performance.  This is skewed attention in American culture is nothing new, but this is definitely one … [Read more...]