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

Preacher Party: Pigs and Prejudices

Is it time to start pulling our hair out yet, preachers?   Are you preaching from the Revised Common Lectionary this coming Sunday?  If so, are you riveted again by Luke’s story of Jesus and the man possessed by so many spirits that they name themselves “Legion”?  I can’t hear the story without thinking about… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Angels and Demons Edition

The Revised Common Lectionary offers a number of great options for this Sunday! Will you be preaching on Jesus and the Geresene (or Gadarene) man who had been living with demons? If so, will you address the inconsistencies in the text – for example, the fact that Gerasa was over 30 miles from the Sea of… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: Pastor as Preacher

I don’t know about you, but I don’t know how to preach without being political. When the latest tragedy: be it gun violence, a natural disaster or the latest racist incident comes to pass I can’t not address it. Just picking the text for the day is a political act. Am I contending with the… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Math Sunday

Greetings, preachers! It’s Math Sunday, better known as Trinity Sunday for those who follow the liturgical calendar. The Sunday when somehow one and three are equal. Are you tackling the Trinity? Or doing something else entirely? Revised Common Lectionary post with discussion is on our blog, if you need a kick-start. In the U.S., it… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Trinity Sunday

Wisdom raises her voice. At intersections and entrances, she proclaims to the people: “Before the earth, I was. Before the springs and mountains, I was. Before the skies and seas, I was. I have always been the Inspiration and the Delight.” (Proverbs 8:1-4 & 22-31, Revised Rachel Version) In the Revised Common Lectionary readings for… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party—onward and upward

I’m not sure where May went, but it’s the beginning of June, everyone! And this Sunday might be, for some, Ascension Sunday…or for others, the 7th Sunday of Easter…or for others, perhaps the beginning of a summer/winter series, or a wrap-up on other events (we are one week past General Assembly, for instance, or for… Read More