Revised Common Lectionary: Egos in the Way

Praise the LORD! Praise the Sovereign from the heavens! Praise the Great One, all angels and celestial beings! Praise the Eternal Light, you sun and moon and stars! (Psalm 148) Can you imagine being the sun — 1,391,000 km in diameter, more than 4,500,000,000 years old, the center of the solar system, the hope of… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party:

It’s that time of the week again, the time when one really can’t procrastinate one’s sermon-writing much longer, can one? Revised Common Lectionary preachers might be resurrecting Tabitha/Dorcas, or otherwise exploring Good Shepherd texts. Narrative Lectionary preachers are traveling with Paul and Barnabas. Maybe you’ve come up with a post-Easter series, or (in the U.S.)… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: still more resurrection

The weekend is upon us! For some, it’s well advanced and Sunday morning is nearer than we’d like, for others we still have a few hours to procrastinate  brainstorm… What are you up to this week? The RCL commentary for this week is here, and the NL is here. I admit to preaching this week’s… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: There is no ”other”! (Acts 10:1-17; 34-35)

It started with food… It started with Peter… and a man named Cornelius… Peter, as we experience him  is always pretty black and white. In his mind he knew exactly what was acceptable and what was unacceptable. We see, at times, Jesus working very hard at trying to open Peter up to a whole new way of thinking. In this dream,… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: The Marathon Begins

That’s right, it’s the kickoff to Holy Week (I sincerely hope this does not come as a surprise to you). Palm Sunday, Passion Sunday, some combination thereof, or maybe you’re doing something completely different: it’s here! Revised Common Lectionary thoughts and Narrative Lectionary thoughts are on our website. We will attempt to remain calm, cool,… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: taking care of those who are poor…

There’s a sort of synergy between the RCL and NL texts this week, as both offer us reminders of how to take care of people living with great hardship, but from very different angles. Or perhaps not that different? It’s also the last Sunday in Lent, with just Palm Sunday and Holy Week still ahead. In… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Beyond Understanding

Mother Teresa is frequently credited with the quote, “I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.” A version of that saying shows up in this week’s epistle reading. “No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: In All Honesty

God: “Don’t be afraid. I am your shield. Also, the payoff will be well worth your while.” Abram, asking for a friend: “What kind of payoff? My friend might not be afraid if they know how big the reward will be. But right now, things don’t look promising.” God: “It’ll be seriously big. Land. Children.… Read More