11th Hour Preacher Party: Slow and Steady Edition

One Sunday when we came home from church, this tortoise was wandering in the middle of our street. It turns out that he belongs to our neighbor across the street, and he had “run” away. He is an African spurred tortoise, and it was fascinating to watch him. He didn’t get in a hurry, but… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Money Edition

The Revised Common Lectionary continues to bring us complicated teachings of Jesus from the Gospel of Matthew. In an attempt to catch Jesus teaching against the government, the Pharisees ask him about paying taxes. Is it lawful or not? Jesus says to give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and give to God the things… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: How God Sees (1 Samuel 16:1-13)

There’s a peculiar grief, for me, when a couple I married gets a divorce.  I feel a small pang of sadness when a member of a past congregation dies, and I’m not the one to officiate at the funeral that will celebrate their life.  These things are part of the past, but they reach into… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party

Grace and Peace to you, Preachers! What’s on your mind today? The Revised Common Lectionary continues its journey through Exodus, Philippians, and Matthew, with an Isaiah alternate reading. Tuesday’s post raises excellent questions for consideration. Narrative Lectionary preachers are considering the icky family system present in I Samuel 3, and the Tuesday NL post addresses… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Speak Up (Exodus 2:23-25; 3:10-15; 4:10-17)

You’ll find the Working Preacher Podcast for this week here. It was quite the conversation Moses had with YHWH when God called him to be involved in resolving the injustice that God’s people are caught up in as slaves in the land of Egypt. One might have imagined that, given his chequered history, Moses might… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Showing Up

You know that phrase, eighty percent of success is showing up? That’s what Sunday’s parable feels like to me. (Who knew that Woody Allen and Jesus shared a philosophy?) The workers who endured the long hours and heat of the day earned exactly the same wages as the people who worked for about an hour before… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Too Much Edition

It’s the “Too Much” edition of the 11th Hour Preacher Party. Too much to do. Too many tragedies, affecting too many people. It’s all so overwhelming. And yet, we preachers are called to speak a word of comfort and/or challenge into the too-muchness. What’s on your mind for your sermon? RCL preachers have an Exodus,… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Foreigners and Refugees

Dear preachers, if you have the option in your setting, I highly recommend adding in the optional verses to the Revised Common Lectionary Gospel this Sunday. In a week when hate speech and crimes are making international headlines, this is a poignant time to hear Jesus’ words: It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Little Faith

How does one read aloud, “The LORD tested him” (Psalm 105:19), to those who are struggling? How does one repeat Jesus’ words, “Why do you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31), to those who are drowning every day? How does one affirm, “No one who believes will be put to shame” (Romans 10:11), to those who have been… Read More