11th Hour Preacher Party: Where Do We Go from Here?

As you watched, no doubt with horror, the violence that took place in the United States capitol today, you may have found yourself shredding your partially written sermon and wondering how you can possibly preach into this abyss. There are no tidy answers here, but we can keep one another company as we struggle with… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Spirit Sightings

Fellow preachers, how is your sermon? If you’re preaching from The Narrative Lectionary, perhaps you’re sharing the promise that God’s spirit will be poured out upon God’s people. If you’re in the Revised Common Lectionary, you may be hearing John the Baptist’s words that the coming Christ will baptize with the spirit. Or perhaps you’re… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: God Doesn’t Play by Our Rules

Dear preacher friends, how is your sermon? Are you in the Narrative Lectionary, sitting on a hill with Jonah, railing against God for having the audacity to be merciful? Are you in the Revised Common Lectionary with Jesus, questioning our readiness for God’s coming? If you’re in the US, are you trying to find a… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Idols and Banquets

How is your sermon coming together this week? Both The Narrative Lectionary and the Revised Common Lectionary include the story from Exodus about the people of Israel building their own object of worship after growing impatient with God. The RCL also offers what may be a wedding planner’s worst nightmare, with guests canceling at the… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Choosing Our Normal

Our families, our churches, our schools, our communities. Almost everywhere in our environment there has been a strong urge to “get back to normal.” But it seems to me that the normal we left behind is not the normal we will be able to return to. Nor should we try. I’m thinking mainly about congregations,… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Water Walking and a Voice in the Silence

So, fellow RevGals and Pals, how’s your sermon? If you’re following the RCL, there are rich images in just about every text. The Lectionary Leanings post from this week is here if you still need inspiration. Are you considering what it meant for Peter to step away from helping to row the boat in order… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: You Who Are Weary

How is your sermon preparation going at this point in your week? If you are using the Revised Common Lectionary, did you feel the weariness in your bones when you read Jesus’s invitation in the gospel text? Did you sense God’s weariness with Job if you are preaching The Narrative Lectionary summer series? Or are… Read More