Revised Common Lectionary: Good Shepherd Edition

My home congregation is Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. For as long as I can remember, their logo has included a silhouette of Jesus as shepherd, holding a long staff. They have a beautiful metal (iron?) sculpture of a shepherd carrying a sheep. Their columbarium, which I have yet to see in person,… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party

Greetings, Preaching Friends! It’s that time again: the eleventh hour. These seem to come regularly, approximately once a week or so, yes? Revised Common Lectionary preachers have yet another resurrection appearance, as well as some other options, which are discussed in Tuesday’s RCL post. Narrative Lectionary preachers are pondering Saul/Paul’s conversion story from Acts. What… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Sunday comes yet again…

Here we are, and it seems like just a few days after the last time we needed a sermon. The second Sunday of Easter is one of the trickier days in the calendar. The lectionaries bring us Thomas in the gospels (RCL post here, and NL post here)—Thomas, who gets a bad rap, in my… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Along with many other preachers

All Good Friday, I thought about you, preachers. We know what the women who followed Jesus were doing on Friday. “Some women were watching from a distance, including Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James (the younger one) and Joses, and Salome. When Jesus was in Galilee, these women had followed and supported him, along with… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Palms & Passion Edition

Holy Week is about to begin! Are you ready? Which pieces of the story will you share on each day? Does this Sunday bring you to Jesus’ triumphal entry to Jerusalem, or the story of his passion? Both? Will folks return to hear more of the story on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday? Will you… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Changing Seasons

Seasons are changing! Lent is drawing to a close (well, closer to a close, anyway). Spring is coming in the Northern Hemisphere, and Fall arrives in the Southern. At our church, we’re journeying through Holy Week for all the Sundays of Lent, and this week brings Thursday (Mark’s account includes a Last Supper, Jesus’ arrest,… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: from the howling wilderness

Happy weekend, preaching friends! We are at the midpoint of Lent, Sunday-wise…how are you doing? Are you preaching a series you’re still really enjoying, or one that seemed like a good idea at the time? Are you in the wilderness with Moses and the voice on the mountain, or with Jesus flipping tables in a… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: a party of preachers edition

Hello, preachers! At my house, three preachers are heading out to meet a fourth for dinner. We have Preacher Party host Liz Crumlish from Scotland visiting at the Manse where my wife and live in South Central Pennsylvania, and I am filling in for her this week. Liz will be preaching for the congregation kathrynzj… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Faithful Followers

An impossible child. Sarah and Abraham receive wonderful news from God in today’s reading from Genesis. Though they have no children, and Sarah is long past child-bearing age (and Abraham is long past child-rearing age), God promises them that they will become parents to a multitude of nations. In a society where one’s worth was… Read More