Revised Common Lectionary: Dishonest Ethics?

Does anyone claim this week’s parable as their favorite? I would be surprised. It is difficult to discern why Jesus would praise the devious actions of a person who cheated his employer. Though, on the other hand, the character in the parable is a slave, and he is cheating the slave owner. Maybe it’s helpful… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Messy Desk Edition

At the first church I served, the church administrator gave me a sign for my office door: “A clean desk is the sign of a messy mind.” Ahem. Yes, my desk is always always always messy. Let’s hope that means my mind is orderly, because it’s time to get a sermon in order. Preaching friends,… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: unpacking edition

It’s that time again—time to write a sermon. Sometimes it feels like we just did that… This week the various lectionaries give us a lot to unpack, whether it’s the RCL and Jesus apparently telling us to forsake family ties, or the NL with the 2nd creation story and the difficulty that western culture has… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Call and Response

I had the privilege of spending last weekend at the Church of Scotland’s National Youth Assembly with around 70 18-25 year olds. Some of the issues we debated were: inclusion, accessibility, hate speech, missional communities, testimony and confirmation.  In our worship, we reflected on exclusion, lament and call. It was an inspiring, hope filled time,… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Sure as the Sunrise

Every week, sure as the sunrise, Sunday rolls around and the sermon needs to be prepared. And it’s that time again. If you’re a Revised Common Lectionary preacher, the Tuesday RevGals post may provide some food for thought. Or maybe you’ve jumped off lectionary temporarily, or you’re doing a sermon series, or the Spirit has… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: how is it July? edition

Hello friends! Somehow, it’s July. For some the turning of the calendar will mean trying to balance a national holiday with Sunday worship. For others it will mean school holidays have finally arrived. For still others it will mean the days are finally getting longer and there’s hope at the end of the winter tunnel.… Read More