11th Hour Preacher Party: Ya Got a Sermon?

This ostrich seems to be asking, “Ya got a sermon in there?” (or, ahem, maybe I’m just feeling a little pressed to get mine written). Revised Common Lectionary preachers are considering scribes and widows, widows and prophets, orphans and widows. Check out a post and discussion here. Narrative Lectionary preachers are pondering the prophet Micah’s… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: The Surprising Faces of God (2 Kings 5:1-15)

The Working Preacher post for this week’s Narrative Lectionary passage can be found here. I’m struck, again, with God choosing those on the margins to demonstrate the generosity and grace of God. In this case, the young girl, who served Naaman’s wife, having been transported from the land of Israel during a raid but remaining… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: How brave are we?

Yesterday, I sat in a pew at worship, in that strange position that I occupy these days as a mostly non-preaching preacher. My wife had scrapped her planned stewardship kick-off sermon to reflect the events of the week, naming how hard it can be to welcome the stranger and be a neighbor to all while… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Imperfect Edition

  Hello, fellow imperfect preachers. Last week’s sermon was a mess? This week’s isn’t looking much better? It’s always possible to find at least *one* thing you could have said more clearly or delivered more energetically? Then, you’ve come to the right place! It’s the RevGalBlogPals 11th Hour Preacher Party! Bring your questions, ideas, beginnings… Read More

Narrative Lectionary:  A Rallying Cry (Joshua 24:1-15 [16-26])

I have participated in lots of rallies, marches, demonstrations, and protests over the years.  This is what this week’s text reminds me of.  Read it here. Like Joshua standing in front of the gathered people, moving stories are told. Lived experiences are shared. Rallying speeches are given.  At every crowd gathering—call to actions are made… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: bring *that* to the table

Here we are, friends: sermon time again! For some, it’s World Communion Sunday, or Thanksgiving, or Harvest, or a transferred St Francis’s day…for some it’s a regular Sunday…for some it’s a first or last, or a first-of-the-last. In the NL we’ve got the Ten Commandments—did you know the movie came out 62 years ago today?… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Role Reversal

In a previous life, I helped lead retreats for schoolchildren from Christian schools. A class of kids, usually age 8-10, would come for a week at a time during the school year with their teachers, and we would be responsible for activities, worship, and meals every day. At that age, kids tend to be somewhat… Read More