Fully human and fully God: Transfiguration Sunday lectionary preview

1/23/2023

Revised Common Lectionary Year A, Transfiguration Sunday: February 19, 2023 Matthew 17:1-9 In the 2018 Super Bowl, Tide laundry detergent had what was arguably the most brilliant advertising campaign of any company that year. Actor David Harbour shows up in...

Sharing the legacy of our faith through stories

1/18/2023

As Lent swiftly approaches, what practices might you encourage folks to consider over the 40-day journey? When serving in congregational ministry, I encouraged folks to adopt a practice for nurturing their relationship with God rather than giving something up. For...

Epiphany Now and Then

12/12/2022

When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered...

Posterizing Micah: January Lectionary Preview

12/9/2022

Editor’s note: This lectionary preview is for January 29, 2023, Micah 6:1-8. Maybe it is too easy to memorize Micah 6:8b. It is not hard to memorize or turn into a cross-stitch piece, or to put on poster. It is...

Waiting and Wondering Toward Wholeness: December lectionary preview

11/9/2022

Advent is a season to dwell in anticipation for the birth of the Christ child. Try as we might, we are reminded repeatedly that Christ will come no matter how prepared (or not!) we are. It is a paradoxical season...

Come, and you will see: An Advent message

11/9/2022

“Come, and you will see…” John 1:39 Many of you are reading this having made your way through another stewardship season and dedication Sunday. Some of you are energized by a hopeful and positive congregational response. Others of us are...

Year-round gratitude

10/20/2022

We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord...

Called to move forward into a new era

10/20/2022

How does it feel “being back”? Back in the sanctuary for worship (even though there is still – and will probably always be – an on-line option). Back with classes and programs and missions and maybe even meals. Back to...

Surprising and Sustaining Stewardship Practices: October Lectionary preview

9/23/2022

The Revised Common Lectionary readings in the month of October provide a great opportunity to reflect on gratitude and generosity which could facilitate a stewardship campaign.  As I was preparing this lectionary preview, I stumbled onto the lectionary reading for...

Making faithful decisions about money

9/23/2022

Money can be a tough topic. In the church, even a brief  discussion of money yields all kinds of different perspectives. In the last two years, I have confirmed my initial conviction: above all, the Presbyterian Foundation is oriented toward...