Revised Common Lectionary: Swords and Sparrows

This Sunday’s Gospel texts ranks high on my list of “things I wish Jesus never said.” Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword… and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household. This is not the passage to… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Still Easter!

As we approach the end of the Easter season, the Revised Common Lectionary brings us to John 14. Whether it’s irony or the work of the Spirit, these verses are some of the most popular funeral texts. That was perhaps more true for last Sunday’s reading, but this week’s is part of the same passage… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Gates and Sheep edition

Preaching colleagues, it’s that time of the week again! How is your sermon coming along? Between planning liturgy, preparing for children’s sermons, and writing something for the main preaching event, this is often the busiest time of the week! At least, it is for those who tend to procrastinate, or who had unexpected events eat… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Easter Revisited

Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! And this is just as true the Sunday after Easter as it was on Easter itself, with all the flowers and choirs and trumpets and bonus worshippers and long-awaited Hallelujahs! Most of us are celebrating the Resurrection this week with less of the bells and whistles, and with… Read More

RCL-Narrative Lectionary: Holy Week Extravaganza Bonus Edition!

Maundy Thursday. Good Friday. Easter Vigil. Whatever other worship services and events are typical for your congregation. It’s all come down to this, folks! It’s the final countdown, the sprint to the finish, the last hurrah. It’s time to get serious. Jesus has joyfully entered Jerusalem. The final meal, betrayal, arrest, and execution are at… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: 5 weeks down, 1 to go

This time of the year is always difficult for me. While we’re preparing our congregations to follow Jesus into Jerusalem and journey with him to the cross, we are also selecting Easter hymns, buying props for children’s sermons, and coordinating celebrations with our parents or grandchildren or whomever we call family in our lives. There… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: New Life

On the fifth Sunday in Lent, the Revised Common Lectionary brings us the raising of Lazarus and the reanimation of dry bones in Ezekiel. While it’s easy to see why the two stories are paired together, there are significant differences. Lazarus is raised from the dead and can serve as protector and provider to his… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Temptation Edition

Welcome to Lent 1 and the season of temptation and spiritual discipline. This week we get stories about the temptation of Adam and Eve and of Jesus, and a comparison of the sin of Adam to the salvation of Jesus (in the RCL). The Narrative Lectionary brings us the Golden Rule, the story of the Good… Read More