Listening to God: 1 Samuel 3

*Originally published on RevGalBlog Pals, October 11, 2021 Well, Narrative Lectionary preaching friends, so much for Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, and Ruth; we’re jumping right into 1 Samuel! This Sunday is our one chance to talk about the period of the judges before we find ourselves in the monarchy next week. It’s likely that…

Thoughts on 1 Kings 5:1-5, 8:1-13

This week’s readings (Narrative Lectionary, October 25, 2021) are 1 Kings 5:1-5 and 1 Kings 8:1-13. We’ve skipped over the entire reign of David (which, honestly, is fine by me) and are now reading about the dedication of Solomon’s Temple. Of course, it is not really Solomon’s Temple, it is God’s Temple. Though reading through…

“its thread looping”

Christ have mercy.Hear our sighs too deep for words.Christ have mercy. In the wake of the shootings at Robb Elementary School, I was drawn back to this sermon I wrote over six years ago–after another mass shooting closer to my home. Christ have mercy. A sermon on Luke 13:1-9 from February 2016 Jesus, Jesus. Did…

Mothering (,) God

The last time I saw my 19-year-old son*, he grumbled at me in the middle of the public library: “Just stop yelling at me all the time. I’m sick of it. I’m finally living my life how I want and you can’t control me!” For the record, I wasn’t yelling at him. I had told…

Exciting News!

My upcoming book, Expecting Emmanuel, is now available for pre-order! (You can order it from the publisher, MennoMedia, here, and from Amazon here.) To receive occasional emails about the status of the book, where/when I may be speaking about the book, a potential virtual Advent small group, and other opportunities, please sign up for the…

Revelation!

This past Sunday I began a 4-week sermon series on Revelation (using the scriptures suggested by Working Preacher). Surprisingly, what I’m discovering as I study for this series is that I LOVE Revelation! The English nerd in me loves the genre of apocalyptic literature: the stunning images, the other-worldly quality, the connections to previous sacred…

Trees to Climb: Luke 19:1-10

*This reflection is taken from the Peace Mennonite 2021 Lenten Devotional When we are kids, we color pictures of a guy sitting up in the branches of a tree. But when we get older, we know that the really important part of the story comes at the end. When this very wealthy tax collector declares…

Bad at Math: Luke 15:1-10

Here’s a poem I wrote based on the beginning of this week’s Narrative Lectionary reading. (It’s in the Lenten Devotional.) Bad at Math This guy’s a little crazy, don’t you think?This shepherd who told the whole town:“I found my lost sheep”Which is to say,“I lost a sheep”And to say,“I left ninety-nine of my sheep to…