11th Hour Preacher Party: The Incarnation

How are you sharing the good news of Emmanuel: God with us this weekend? Will you be preaching to congregations inflated by visitors or will you be feeding those on the margins? Have your Advent preparations built up to this proclamation or will you be relieved to emerge from chaos into Christmas eve and morning?… Read More

11th Hour Preachers Party: Community matters

This is the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year, the Reign of Christ in the RCL, with the text about “the least of these”. The blog post from earlier in the week can be found here. Or, in the NL, Jeremiah is cautioning the exiles to make themselves at home, seeking the prosperity of those… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Nailed It! *

Welcome to this week’s Preacher Party -(*and thanks to Marci Auld Glass for the title). Whether you are preaching from the NL (discussion here) or from the RCL (discussion here),whether you’re commemorating 500 years since the Reformation or celebrating All Saints, you are invited to bring what you have and to ask for what you… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Speak Up (Exodus 2:23-25; 3:10-15; 4:10-17)

You’ll find the Working Preacher Podcast for this week here. It was quite the conversation Moses had with YHWH when God called him to be involved in resolving the injustice that God’s people are caught up in as slaves in the land of Egypt. One might have imagined that, given his chequered history, Moses might… Read More

11th Hour Preacher’s Party: God always shows up

Come early or late, God is there. However circuitous our route, God is there. Going before us, holding out grace, welcoming us in no matter how we’ve tarried or travelled. God in all our meanderings, embracing us with love. Thanks be to God. Our readings this week in both the Narrative and RCL seem to point us… Read More

11th Hour Preacher’s Party: Always another way

The story of the Hebrew midwives, Shiphrah and Puah and their subversion is one of my favourite bible stories. A story that is being played out all across the world today, where those who love God are finding ways to resist abuse of power. As ever, our texts speak right into our contemporary world. When we need more… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: I can’t preach that!

I managed to see Wonder Woman this week. And, although that’s a genre of film in which I wouldn’t normally indulge, I loved it! The down to earth, underlying themes of truth and hope and love triumphing over evil and hatred and suffering, spoke to me at a primal level as I sought to escape the… Read More

11th Hour Preacher’s Party: Inclusion and Control

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has been meeting in Edinburgh this week. In the midst of our worship and debate, we took time to pray for those caught up in the terrorism perpetrated in Manchester and in Egypt as well as all those places around the world who don’t feature in news headlines. There was also… Read More