Narrative Lectionary: What, no palm branches? (Luke 19:28-44)

In times gone by, my usual practice would have been to allow the liturgy and hymns, the marching with palm leaves and the singing of “Hosanna”, to speak most loudly on Palm Sunday. However, in their absence (due to Covid restrictions this year), there is both a need and an opportunity to take a closer… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Still Lent

I don’t know about the rest of you, but as we try to plan details for Easter this year–and pivot every few days as we get more information–it feels almost as challenging (though maybe more hopeful) as a year ago when we were first beginning to figure out how to do on-line worship as we… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: A New Hope

UPDATE: After this column was posted, another mass murder/hate crime took place in the USA. How are you addressing this violence against people of Asian descent in your worshipping communities? Perhaps this Sunday it would be appropriate to include an extended litany of lament and confession, based on Psalm 51. ADDITIONALLY: this week, leadership at… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Living in the sight of death (Luke 13:1-9, 31-35)

Oh my! What a collection of passages we get to preach on this week! To put them into context, they make up part of a long series of Jesus’ teachings which began as soon as he left Martha’s house at the end of chapter 10. According to Luke’s narrative, at some point on the journey… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: And So It’s Lent

We find ourselves once again in Lent. Though it kind of feels like Lent 2020 never ended, we have made it through an entire church year since then, many of us figuring out ways to celebrate the seasons in new and different ways. Once we have an entire years worth of recordings, can we just… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: First (or 52nd) Sunday in Lent.

Welcome to Lent. Welcome back to Lent. Welcome to the longest Lent-ish season that many of us have experienced! For most preachers and faith communities around the world, a lockdown in response to the global pandemic occurred sometime during Lent last year. For some of us, it feels as though Lent never ended in 2020.… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: T-Fig Time

Preaching friends, it’s Transfiguration Sunday. One of those days in which we preach on essentially the same story as we did this time last year, and the year before, and the year before that. I find those days particularly challenging, as a preacher. Maybe you do, too. We’re here to help each other! Share ideas,… Read More

The Pastor is Political: Preaching and the Passion

The niceties were over. The Fettucine was half gone when she took her gloves off. The nonagenarian from the Victory Class invited me to lunch at The Olive Garden. I smelled a rat from the get-go. “Dear, I invited you to lunch because I have a request,” she began. “What I am asking is, would… Read More