11th Hour Preacher Party: Love and Hope with a side of Faith

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has been meeting this week in Edinburgh. There has been an air of the spirit and a whiff of hope in much of the business as well as recognition of ordinary and extraordinary everyday acts of love and faith practiced by many. Like the inspiration of Lydia… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: There is no ”other”! (Acts 10:1-17; 34-35)

It started with food… It started with Peter… and a man named Cornelius… Peter, as we experience him  is always pretty black and white. In his mind he knew exactly what was acceptable and what was unacceptable. We see, at times, Jesus working very hard at trying to open Peter up to a whole new way of thinking. In this dream,… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Over to you edition

I use the “Pray as you go” app on my morning commute. I’ve particularly enjoyed, this week that, each morning, the prayers have been firmly located within the Octave of Easter – each day has been named as Easter Monday, Easter Tuesday etc… As pastors, it’s tempting to rush on with the seasons. Indeed, towards… Read More

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