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August 30, 2015
Faith, Works, and Being Human: The Lectionary for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 and/or Isaiah 35:4-7 What It’s About: I never quite know what to...
August 23, 2015
Love and Righteousness: The Lectionary for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Song of Solomon 2:8-13 What It’s About: These verses are standard Song of Solomon: the...
August 17, 2015
Powers and Principalities: The Lectionary for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
1 Kings 8:22-30, 41-45 What It’s About: This is the prayer Solomon offered at the...
August 09, 2015
Bread and Wisdom: The Lectionary for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14 What It’s About: This passage is sort of the launch story...
July 29, 2015
Wild Yeast and Open Fermentation: The Future of Progressive Christianity
Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on the Future of...
July 26, 2015
The Sin of David: A Sermon on Power and (White) Privilege
What follows is a sermon I preached this morning, using 2 Samuel 11:1-15 as the...
July 19, 2015
The Dangers of Power and the Power of Setting the Table: The Lectionary for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Hello from Columbus, Ohio, where my home denomination, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are...
July 11, 2015
Dispatches from the Wild Goose: The Lectionary for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Greetings from sunny and muggy Hot Springs NC, where I am taking in one day...
July 05, 2015
Dances and Grudges: The Lectionary for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 and/or Amos 7:7-17 What It’s About: These are two very different...
June 28, 2015
Prophets in their Hometowns: The Lectionary for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 and/or Ezekiel 2:1-5 What It’s About: The 2 Samuel text is about...
June 16, 2015
The Trials of David and the Doings of Jesus: The Lectionary for the Fourth and Fifth Sundays after Pentecost
I have been on the road lately, and will be for a while yet, first...
June 07, 2015
Kingdoms and Mustard Seeds: The Lectionary for the Third Sunday after Pentecost
1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 What It’s About: This is the story of the selection of David...
May 31, 2015
Gods and Kings: The Lectionary for the Second Sunday after Pentecost
Sometimes I complain that the lectionary texts are too thin--that there isn't enough to work...
May 27, 2015
Tobacco, Church, and Nostalgia: A Sermon for Pentecost
What follows is a sermon that I preached on Pentecost Sunday. I used Acts 2:1-21...
May 24, 2015
Seraphs, Storms, and Being Born: The Lectionary for the first Sunday after Pentecost
Earlier this week I wrote a post that isn't on any of the week's lectionary...
May 22, 2015
Bonus Text: Josh Duggar and the Six Commandments
There's an old saying that ministers should preach with the bible in one hand and...
May 18, 2015
Labor Pains and Dry Bones: The Lectionary for Pentecost
Acts 2:1-21 or Ezekiel 37:1-14 What It’s About: The lectionary provides two options here. And...
May 10, 2015
Apostles, Prayer, and Trees by Streams: The Lectionary for the Seventh Sunday of Easter
Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 What It’s About: This is about Judas' replacement among the twelve. The...
May 03, 2015
Vines and the Cosmos: The Lectionary for the Sixth Sunday of Easter
Acts 10:44-48 What It’s About: It's about ethnicity (Jews and Gentiles are both in view), baptism,...
April 26, 2015
Eunuchs, Vines, and Love: The Lectionary for the Fifth Sunday of Easter
Acts 8:26-40 What It’s About: This is the story of the Ethiopian eunuch, who met...
April 19, 2015
Shepherds and Economics: The Lectionary for the Fourth Sunday of Easter
Acts 4:5-12 What It’s About: This is about Peter confessing his faith in front of...
April 12, 2015
Sanctuaries, Bodies, and Journeys: The Lectionary for the Third Sunday of Easter
Acts 3:12-19 What It’s About: Peter giving a speech about the resurrection. What It’s Really About: The...
April 05, 2015
Community and Tradition: The Lectionary for the Second Sunday of Easter
Acts 4:32-35 What It’s About: It's a hippie commune! What It’s Really About: Historians and bible...
March 29, 2015
Footraces and Kerygma: The Lectionary for Easter Sunday
Acts 10:34-43 What It’s About: Gentiles! This is about how Peter's accumulated experiences have led...
March 22, 2015
Palms and Passions: The Lectionary for the Sunday before Easter
This week’s lectionary is a little bit different. This week, in contrast to most other...
March 15, 2015
Seeds, Restoration, and Melchizedek: The Lectionary for the Fifth Sunday of Lent
Jeremiah 31:31-34 What It’s About: A new covenant between God and Israel and Judah. What It’s...
March 08, 2015
Snakes on a Plain: The Lectionary for the Fourth Sunday of Lent
The lectionary giveth and the lectionary taketh away. Every minister I know (at least the...
March 01, 2015
Stars, Foolishness, Cattle, and Mountaintops: The Lectionary for the Third Sunday of Lent
Genesis 20:1-17 What It’s About: The Lenten lectionary is about covenants, but this is THE covenant....
February 22, 2015
Covenants and Identities: The Lectionary for the Second Sunday of Lent
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 What It’s About: God’s covenant with Abraham and Sarah. What It’s Really...
February 16, 2015
Waters and Wildernesses: The Lectionary for the First Sunday of Lent
It's the first Sunday of Lent this week. Here are some things to think about...
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