Hello, preaching friends. It’s the 11th Hour Preacher Party, ready for whenever your eleventh hour comes upon you.

Bald Cypress Tree.  Monica Smith 2020.

The Revised Common Lectionary post has some good thought-provokers. If you’re still putting together bulletins, slide shows, or other liturgical pieces, check out our Worship Words post, too.

Share your ideas, your questions, your “what was I thinking, choosing this text?” We’re all in this together; you’re not alone.


Monica Thompson Smith is a Presbyterian Church (USA) minister, serving as stated supply pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Luling, TX. She is a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit.


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5 thoughts on “11th Hour Preacher Party: Look Up Edition

  1. This summer I am finding some wonderful gems in Romans. This week’s sermon title is “Grace, Forgiveness, and Olive Trees.” The title I’m not using: “Paul Was a Liberal. Who Knew?” I had to re-read the commentaries in Feasting on the Word carefully to make sure I had it right. Paul is (almost!) making a case for universal salvation! The stuff that got Rob Bell kicked out of the evangelical church he started in Michigan! Who knew?

    A few lectionary cycles ago, I preached on the crumbs-to-dogs passage. It did not go well.


    1. I’m also avoiding the Canaanite woman this time through, I admit. Glad you’re finding gems in Romans–it’s easy to get lost in the prose maze.


  2. Inspired by a blogpost that was shared in the RGBP Facebook group recently I am working with 1 Corinthians 8 (Paul teaching about meat offered to idols) and intending to end up talking about mask-wearing. I think that Paul is sharing a key ethical principle for how we live together in community — one that applies in a variety of situations, not just meat (Paul) or mask-wearing (us). My early thoughts (which have to become a full sermon by tomorrow afternoon for recording purposes) are here:

    For better or worse I am saving the Canaanite woman for next week and plan to tie it to Black Lives Matter. My provisional title is something like “Jesus Learns About Racism”


  3. Preacher friends: need a laugh right now?
    Romans 11: 26b:
    Out of Zion will come the Deliverer;
    Will he be driving a UPS truck? 🙂


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