11th Hour Preacher Party: Love Is Love Is Love

The photo is my favorite insulated portable tea mug. It reminds me of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony award acceptance speech right after the Orlando massacre. “Love is love is love is love.” Whether you are in the RCL or the Narrative lectionary, there is lots of love talk this week. In the RCL gospel Jesus promises… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Who Relates to Thomas Now?

Are you writing, huddled in your house, like the disciples in the Revised Common Lectionary (Discussion Here)? Are you waiting to see what happens next as Jesus ascends in the Narrative lectionary (Discussion Here)? Are you using a series or other passages to see you through these different times? Are you preparing technology for a… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: T-Fig

It’s the last Sunday before Lent. Are you burying or otherwise saying farewell to the alleluia? Will you be preaching the Transfiguration? Revised Common Lectionary folks can find a discussion of Matthew’s text here. The post includes an interrogation of the Light/Dark imagery in the passage, and offers ways to approach it. Narrative Lectionary folks can… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Last Week of Ordinary Time

 When I think of Ordinary Time, I think of green and of trees. I understand why green; I’m not sure why trees. I took this photo as I set up for worship at our late September church camp worship service in the midst of Ordinary Time. This week, we finally come to the end of… Read More

Friday Festival: Early Lent

  Hello, all!  I’m filling in on today’s Friday Five, which has reminded me that a lot of people are practicing, practicing, practicing — and then writing about their Lenten practices. In The Edge is Here, Elaine is writing about words, words, words for Lent.  Her exploration of the word “possess” asks us: What do… Read More

Pastoral is Political: Until We All Win

My social media timelines are filled with pictures of Serena Williams, arguably the greatest athlete in the world, angrily yelling at the tennis umpire in the U.S. Open. I don’t watch tennis, football is my sport, but I have to say that I have been a big fan of Serena’s for a long time. It… Read More