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

Friday Festival: Leap Year, Super Tuesday, and Other Distractions

It’s been a week with a lot to focus on, and our blog writers have had lots of places to put their attention as they have been writing this week. In the US, the field of Democratic candidates for President has been winnowed (apparently) down to two. Some of our bloggers are grieving, some are… Read More