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: 5 weeks down, 1 to go

This time of the year is always difficult for me. While we’re preparing our congregations to follow Jesus into Jerusalem and journey with him to the cross, we are also selecting Easter hymns, buying props for children’s sermons, and coordinating celebrations with our parents or grandchildren or whomever we call family in our lives. There… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Seeing and Serving

This week’s readings, whether in the Narrative Lectionary or the Revised Common Lectionary, invite us to consider different ways of seeing: sight restored, seeing as God sees, and taking note of those on our paths every day. All offer rich images for us to ponder. In what direction is your pondering headed this week? Are you observing… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Courage, speaking one’s mind by telling all one’s heart…

This Sunday, the woman at the well, is perhaps my most favorite text to preach on, from. This complex, complicated, long misunderstood text has come most alive for me as I have found commentators and exegesis and midrash like reflections that break it open in less than “traditional” ways. (Don’t get me started on the… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Temptation Edition

Welcome to Lent 1 and the season of temptation and spiritual discipline. This week we get stories about the temptation of Adam and Eve and of Jesus, and a comparison of the sin of Adam to the salvation of Jesus (in the RCL). The Narrative Lectionary brings us the Golden Rule, the story of the Good… Read More

11th Hour Preacher’s Party:Mountain top edition

It’s the last Sunday before Lent. And both the Narrative and the Revised Common Lectionary readings focus on the Transfiguration. The NL post from earlier in the week can be found here. And the RCL post can be found here. Are you with Jesus on the mountain top this week, or anxiously waiting further down… Read More