“I Just Don’t Want to Hear it from the Pulpit”

The most basic definition of politics is “the way that people living in groups make decisions.” Therefore may every sermon we preach be political. May it be consequential enough to have an impact on the decisions people listening will make, whether those decisions are about how they will comfort themselves and one another in a time of tragedy or about how they will reorient their lives away from oppressive behaviors. Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Hard Questions

In this northern hemisphere, it seems that all the schools have finally started and the weather is beginning to turn (high in the 90s instead of the 100s here in Southern California). The program year may be starting up, different from last year, but also different from all the years before. What are the questions… Read More

RCL – Proper 20, Year B – Resist

As I studied up on the readings for Sunday one common theme emerged: Resist. The resist I speak of is a resistance to the stuff we are told will make us feel better if only we can accumulate enough of it. A resistance to running after power, status and ambition; resistance to serving only ourselves.… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party Sept. 5, 2021 Lectionary 23/Proper 18/15th Sunday after Pentecost

Rev Gals and Pals, School is back in session in my part of the world and I imagine the young people I know gladly said goodbye to summer vacation this morning as they boarded the bus more than ready to get back in the classroom with their friends; today, as these children were held in… Read More

Worship Words: 5 September 2021

What? Sunday is coming again? Didn’t we just have one? Yes, we who wear the yoke of Christ and pull alongside him find ourselves facing another set of worship services that require our attention, devotion, and inspiration. Maybe you’ve got all that in spades. That’s great! Maybe you’re feeling like a dried out spring. That’s… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: To Whom Can We Go?

Here in California, summer lingers even as school has started and fall products are beginning to appear. How do we keep going? What will we say in these times? What do your people need to hear? During this long stretch or Ordinary Time or the Sundays after Pentecost, will you follow the Revised Common Lectionary?… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: As for me and my household…

The Revised Common Lectionary continues the theme of bread in this week’s reading from John. In today’s passage, Jesus calls his own body and blood the bread from heaven, which will grant eternal life. These words must have sounded strange to Jesus’ Jewish followers, who would have followed strict dietary laws regulating which types of… Read More