11th Hour Preacher Party: the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Edition!

That’s right! It’s Transfiguration Sunday! (Confession: I’m being completely sarcastic. I find Transfiguration one of the most difficult Sundays to preach; in fact, I’m ignoring it and preaching on Mark 2:1-12, which doesn’t make it into the RCL this year). But, if you love Transfiguration, or are preaching about it anyway, Rachael Keefe’s reflection will… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Christmas is Gone Edition

Christmas is over, that much is clear. But the calendar is otherwise confusing: Epiphany Sunday? Baptism of the Lord? Check our Revised Common Lectionary post for some insights (and this time, definitely read the comments). Narrative Lectionary preachers have some possibilities from John 1 to consider. What else is on your plate? Packing up Christmas… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Surprise Edition

For some of you, this is completely unremarkable. For some of you, it’s completely out of season. But we received 3 inches of snow at our house in South Central Texas Thursday night! It came as a surprise, not in our forecast at all! We know that such things are ephemeral here, so everyone let… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Slow and Steady Edition

One Sunday when we came home from church, this tortoise was wandering in the middle of our street. It turns out that he belongs to our neighbor across the street, and he had “run” away. He is an African spurred tortoise, and it was fascinating to watch him. He didn’t get in a hurry, but… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party

Grace and Peace to you, Preachers! What’s on your mind today? The Revised Common Lectionary continues its journey through Exodus, Philippians, and Matthew, with an Isaiah alternate reading. Tuesday’s post raises excellent questions for consideration. Narrative Lectionary preachers are considering the icky family system present in I Samuel 3, and the Tuesday NL post addresses… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Too Much Edition

It’s the “Too Much” edition of the 11th Hour Preacher Party. Too much to do. Too many tragedies, affecting too many people. It’s all so overwhelming. And yet, we preachers are called to speak a word of comfort and/or challenge into the too-muchness. What’s on your mind for your sermon? RCL preachers have an Exodus,… Read More

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