The Christian Century

There’s a Chris Rock interview in which he compares the careers of standup comedians to musicians. There are profound similarities; after all, they are both performers. In both fields, the role of practice—including public practice, in front of people—is paramount to growth. The major difference? Most comedians don’t make it before age 35 or so, which is when most musicians (especially rappers) are considered old.

The similarities between ministry and comedy are also striking. You can be considered too young for ministry. You only be­come a better preacher by, well, preaching. Both standup comedians and public theologians have to make persuasive arguments with confidence (i.e., sell their material). The last thing Chris Rock said in the interview made me think about Jesus. I’ll paraphrase: the best comics can work multiple audiences in the same room. Sometimes you tell a joke and half the crowd won’t get it, but you didn’t do it for them.

Season after Pentecost | 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15; Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16; (Amos 6:1a, 4-7; Psalm 146;) 1 Timothy 6:6-19; Luke 16:19-31
September 29, 2019

Season after Pentecost | 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Lamentations 1:1-6; Lamentations 3:19-26 or Psalm 137; (Habakkuk 1:1-4 and 2:1-4; Psalm 37:1-9;) 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17:5-10
October 6, 2019
Sharron R. Blezard

Stewardship of Life Institute (SOLI)


The Stewardship of Life Institute, founded in 1994, is headquartered at United Lutheran Seminary, with campuses in Philadelphia and Gettysburg, Pa. The Institute’s mission is to serve stewardship in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Lectionary Reflections

The Rev. Sharron Riessinger Blezard is an ELCA pastor currently rostered in the Lower Susquehanna Synod. She came to ordained ministry after teaching secondary and college English, working in non-profit management and public relations, and moonlighting as a freelance writer.

Copyright © 2019 Rev. Sharron Blezard

Living a Holy Adventure

Bruce Epperly

The Adventurous Lectionary

Pentecost 15 – September 22, 2019

If you’re looking for a good time from the pulpit, you may want to stay home this Sunday or opt of preaching. At first glance, there is not a lot of joy in this Sunday’s lectionary readings. They seem appropriate for our current national situation, in which in the United States hate crimes and mass shootings have become the norm, dishonesty at the highest levels of government has been normalized, and government agencies intended to protect the environment are now weaponized to promote profits over environmental protection. The United Nations is reflecting on global climate change and the US government is an intentional denier what is patently obvious to virtually every climate scientist and school child – the earth is on fire! And we note with Jeremiah, “the harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved!

Rev. Bruce Epperly, Ph.D., serves as Pastor at South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Centerville, MA. Prior to coming to Cape Cod in 2013, he served on the faculties and often in administrative and chaplaincy roles at Georgetown University, Claremont School of Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary, and Lancaster Theological Seminary. 

Copyright © 2019 Rev. Bruce Epperly

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