When the Bible Gets You in Trouble: Luke 4:13-30

Originally published on RevGalBlogPals, January 11, 2021. Many of the people who raided the United States capitol building last Wednesday were wearing “Jesus” t-shirts and waving Christian flags. And it is pretty obvious those people have listened to a lot of unfaithful preaching and read very little of the actual Bible. We’re in the season…

Wits’ End: Coping in a Time of Crisis

Dear Clergy Colleagues, It’s rough out there! Between a worldwide pandemic, the attempted overthrow of democracy in the United States, and the projected beer and Spam shortages, 2021 isn’t looking much better than 2020. In the current reality, our jobs are incredibly difficult—emotionally, spiritually, and practically. So here are some helpful things to keep in…

“Speaking of His Departure”: Luke 9:28-45

This reflection was originally posted on RevGalBlogPals on February 8, 2021. While the story of the Transfiguration is in all three Synoptic Gospels, it is only Luke who tells us what Moses and Elijah speak with Jesus about: They “were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem” (v. 31). Moses…

Money, Money, Money: Luke 16:19-31

This post was originally published on RevGalBlogPals on March 8, 2021. This morning my husband and I were talking about Donald Trump’s 28,000 square foot house in upstate New York. The house he hasn’t been to for four years or so. With an indoor swimming pool and bowling alley and tennis court. Here where I…

Thoughts on Galatians 3:1-9, 23-29

This post originally appeared on the RevGalBlogPals site on May 10, 2021. Those of us using the Narrative Lectionary get to preach from Galatians yet again this week! With the Revised Common Lectionary, you can always choose the Gospel reading, or the Hebrew Scripture, or even the Psalm when passages like this show up. But…

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…

Prayer After a Long Week: Mothering God

Source of Life,Creative Force,Bearer of BurdensWho longs to gather us under your strong, feathery wings:We are tired of being the parent, the pastor,The figure-outer, the fixer.We grow weary of the weight we carry.We are exhausted from being the one in charge.Except, of course, we’re not in charge,Because if we were, things would not be such…

Merry Christmas in July!

I know it’s a day late, but I wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas-in-July. My gift to you is an updated blog site with NO ADS! (Those things are sooo annoying.) Enjoy! While Christmas still seems a long ways away, Advent will be here before we know it! And it’s only six weeks…