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Insights, ideas and inspiration related to the coming week's lectionary texts.

Exorcisms for Our Day

What you do reveals who you are.

The last few weeks have certainly reminded us of this truth. The many manifestations of the meaning and ministry of Dr.

The Immediately of Epiphany

Yes, the title is correct. Not the immediacy but the immediately of Epiphany. Bear with me. I hope this will make sense at the end.

January 26 is my oldest

Epiphany Expectations

Look it up. What does epiphany actually mean? Of course there will be several possible definitions, but here’s one that caught my attention -- an

Baptismal Blessings?

I have said this before and I will say it again -- preaching on the Baptism of Our Lord Sunday can quickly and despairingly devolve into bland, benign,

A Prologue for the New Year

Lucky you! A commentary on John 1:1-18 on WorkingPreacher.org and a Dear Working Preacher column on the same text, in the same week, both by me. You may

Just Praise

The fullness of time has indeed come (Gal 4:4) and indeed, how can we keep silent (Isa 62:1)? For we have seen God’s salvation, prepared in the presence

A Good Day to be Born

My birthday is December 24. For a long time, longer than I care to admit, I thought my birthday was actually on Christmas because my family always celebrated

Advent as a Way of Life

I wonder if the annunciation to Mary might function as a summary of the Advent season; a “hindsight is 20/20” kind of experience, kind of theology,

Advent as Testimony

Well, if last week was Advent as truth-telling, this week John’s John suggests Advent as testimony, as witness. Somewhat related, don’t you

A Truth-Telling Advent

John the Baptist. He’s the Gospel focus for the second and third Sundays of Advent. In Mark, he’s clearly Elijah (2 Kings 1:8). In John, he

Advent on the Mind

I am writing this column from San Diego where I am attending the annual meetings of the Academy of Homiletics, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the

Throne Mentality

Here we are. The last Sunday of the church year, Christ the King/Reign of Christ Sunday. The year has gone by fast, hasn’t it?

As I sat down to write

Peace and Security

“There is peace and security … ” (I Thess 5:3). Where?

A week ago Thursday, at the same time as I was walking out the back door to head

How to Wait

“Make haste to help me, Lord! Hasten to me, O God! Lord, do not delay!” The words of the Psalmist, in conversation with the Gospel and epistle

When Tears are Wiped Away

Festival Sundays are always tricky. If you are a regular listener of Sermon Brainwave, you know that our usual take on these celebrations is to preach the