I'm in such a position this week. Last Sunday the RCL folk combined several of the old BCP lessons giving us a hodgepodge of preachable texts, which left us this week with Mark 6.14-29, The Death of John the Baptist. I'm starting to believe that somebody in the RCL camp has a crush on ol' J.Bap because he shows up all the time. This week, in particular, I have no idea what to say. What teachable moment is there in the pericope for this Sunday. I hope my faithful reader(s) can help.
Do you go simple and say, "don't get drunk, let your step-daughter dance for you, and make promises you're going to regret"? I dunno, seems pretty obvious. Do you preach on ancient near east marriage customs, focusing on why Herod and Herodias' marriage is unlawful? What's the purpose of that? I just don't know what you preach on with this piece of narrative. It is, don't get me wrong, a powerful piece in the larger story of Mark's Gospel, but as a stand alone lesson for a Sunday morning, it leaves a little something to be desired.
So dear reader(s) what say you? What will you be preaching this week?