11th Hour Preacher Party: In Need of a Thinking Spot

Hello, preaching friends! It’s the middle of summer here, with the kids home from school and right next to me what feels like all the time. I’ve unadvisedly committed to a sermons-by-request series this summer, and my congregation has stepped up to the challenge. Today I’m working with two passages from Revelation, about which I… Read More

RevGals Anti-Racism Project: The Train to Crystal City

Racial relations are more complex than the dualities to which we reduce them, and the history of racial relations even more so. Jan Jarboe Russell’s The Train to Crystal City is a history book, but she also highlights dangerous rhetoric and sentiment that prevails in our own time. Russell, a native of San Antonio, traces… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Puzzle Edition

It’s puzzle Sunday! The puzzle is the Trinity! How to explain? How to avoid explaining? How to avoid a wide variety of heresies? What in the world to tell the children? If you’re tackling the Genesis text from the Revised Common Lectionary, the Tuesday RCL post has some helpful thoughts and direction. Let us know… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Rock & Roll Edition

For RCL preachers, it’s mostly Rock Sunday; there’s some good connections and discussions on the RGBP post from Tuesday. Narrative Lectionary preachers are encountering church conflict in Acts 15 (and perhaps within their own congregations), and the Tuesday NL post has some intriguing questions to consider. Besides the lectionary passages to consider, there’s Mother’s Day… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Palm/Passion Sunday Edition

Preachers, lace up those running shoes! The liturgical world moves quickly this week, and this Sunday starts the marathon. What is on your schedule? Palms? Passion? Some of both? Our discussions of the Revised Common Lectionary texts and the Narrative Lectionary texts may be helpful. If you’re working ahead, don’t miss this post about Maundy Thursday,… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Choosing Edition

An inconsequential party game to start off: Would you rather eat Valentine’s conversation hearts or marshmallows?  Would you rather take a 30 minute nap in the morning or just go to bed 30 minutes earlier that night? Would you rather vacuum or dust? As you may surmise, I’m pondering the Deuteronomy passage from the Revised… Read More