Choose

In response to the mass shootings – so many of them, so many deaths, all piled up on another so that every week it seems I’m trying to address senseless carnage and rising fear from the pulpit – I have only grief. It’s the conversation around the shootings that has pushed me over the edge….

Lectionary Ranting – Genesis 29

As some of you know, I’ve been putting the lectionary passages from Genesis into a series for the past few weeks. I’ve been going pretty heavy on the angle of “Look, these are human beings, in a very different culture but with a lot of the same basic needs and wants and problems we have.”…

Lectionary Blogging – Genesis 22:1-14

Ah, the bane of the preacher’s existence: the testing of Abraham, or the binding of Isaac, or as it is sometimes called, God help us, the sacrifice of Isaac. Thankfully, the only sacrifice here ends up being a wayward ram, but even though Isaac is spared at the last minute, neither God nor Abraham come…

Pre-Preaching Blog – Proper 6

I’ve only been here six weeks and already fell out of the weekly sermon-preparatory blogging routine for two of the weeks, so that’s not going so well. I’ve been off lectionary and not quite ready to commit to a text by Tuesday, and last week had to make an unexpected trip to Minnesota to help…

Easter 7A

This week’s lectionary readings have me thinking about legacy. What have others left in us? What will we leave with those who follow? Sometimes I’m amazed by the brevity of Jesus’ earthly ministry. What can one really accomplish in three years? I was in my first congregation for roughly that amount of time, and it was just…

Easter 6A

It’s that time again, and this week I’m torn between two lectionary paths. The first idea that came to me is to preach intra-biblically using Acts 17:22-31 and John 14:15-21. Both texts seem to me to be about questions of who gets to know God and how one gets to know God. In the gospel passage, the…

Lectionary Blogging – Easter 5A

On Sunday I began my call as the pastor of the Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. In moving from an associate position to that of a solo pastor, I have shifted the focus of my work pretty significantly; one of the most notable changes is that instead of roughly twelve sermons a year,…