11th Hour Preacher Party: From where you are

Lots of emotive triggers in our texts this week, in both the Revised Common Lectionary and the Narrative Lectionary. Themes of grief, grace, forgiveness, resourcefulness, compassion, empowerment, themes that cannot fail to speak into all our differing contexts. Knowing the context into which we are called to preach, do we have the courage to go… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Treasuring Prayer (Matthew 6:7-21)

Whenever I write prayers, the voice of one of my supervisors echoes through my efforts: “No flowery words”. This gracious teacher instilled in me the urge to get to the point and to keep it simple when we pray. Even when introducing prayer I am more likely to invite others to join by saying: “Let… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party:It’s a boy! Edition

I’ve just enjoyed a winter solstice party where we crafted lights for the darkness. I know that some of you are experiencing the summer solstice. Wherever you are in our global community, together, we prepare to welcome the Christ child again. How are your plans coming along? What does your to-do list look like this… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: The Surprising Faces of God (2 Kings 5:1-15)

The Working Preacher post for this week’s Narrative Lectionary passage can be found here. I’m struck, again, with God choosing those on the margins to demonstrate the generosity and grace of God. In this case, the young girl, who served Naaman’s wife, having been transported from the land of Israel during a raid but remaining… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Always in season

Perversely, since I stepped out of parish/congregational ministry, I’ve fallen in love all over again with the texts that, week after week, speak into life and culture. Somehow, freed of the pressure of preaching every week, I’ve gained a new appreciation of the timeless relevance of Scripture in all that confronts the world and creation… Read More