Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Lectionary Reflection, August 18, 2013
Do these lessons leave you burning with the passion of the gospel or afraid of being burned? One thing’s for certain, these are tough texts for today’s times. Read on for ideas for preaching, worship, and time with children and youth. (Photo: Matthew Venn)

Stone Wall and Leaves

Peace, Walls, and Fractured-Faith Forecasting

Lectionary Reflection
August 15, 2010, 12th Sunday after Pentecost

“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall” says the narrator in Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall.” Could that “something” be the gospel? We humans build walls that Jesus is in the business of shattering, but there is still pain and cost. How do we preach this text without throwing up additional walls?