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

An Embodied Lent

Bodies.

We have them. We inhabit them. But often we do not know what to do with them.

We desperately want to change them, improve them, shrink them, hide

A Different Kind of Denial

I have to admit. I was a bit baffled this week by the relationship between the Gospel and the first and second lessons. Not that we have to make a connection

The Greatest Temptation

The first Sunday in Lent is always Jesus’ temptation. Always. But when was the last time you noticed just how brief Mark’s temptation story

Ashes to Ashes

Oh wow, preachers. The beginning of Lent. Are you ready? I am imagine you are. Your Lenten theme is in place. Small groups are lined up. Soup suppers are

Why We Need the Transfiguration

The last week of January, Luther Seminary hosted its annual Midwinter Convocation -- a popular event for many, but especially alums. For the first

On Being Restored to Yourself

Full disclosure. I do not like hockey, I really, really don’t. This coming from a Minnesota resident whose 13-year-old son is a big-time hockey player.

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