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

11th Hour Preacher Party: Find the Sermon Edition

It’s the first Sunday of Lent, so for Revised Common Lectionary preachers, that means Temptation, every year. Narrative Lectionary preachers are working through forgiveness and reconciliation in Matthew. Maybe you’ve planned a Lent series? Catching up from too many snowy Sundays? Whatever the case, you’re welcome at the 11th Hour Preacher Party! Share ideas, ask… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: From where you are

Lots of emotive triggers in our texts this week, in both the Revised Common Lectionary and the Narrative Lectionary. Themes of grief, grace, forgiveness, resourcefulness, compassion, empowerment, themes that cannot fail to speak into all our differing contexts. Knowing the context into which we are called to preach, do we have the courage to go… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Love Your Enemies Edition

Sometimes, it feels like all the world is against you. Everyone is cursing, hating, or abusing you. Nothing is working out the way you want, and all the powers are conspiring against you. Sometimes, this is really the case. When that happens, Jesus has difficult but important advice for us. Love those people anyway. The… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Planted

Y’all. I’m scheduled as a guest preacher this coming Sunday … I’ve already submitted my texts from the RCL, sent a sermon title and some hymn ideas … already drafted an outline … but lo and behold! today as I reflect on Sunday’s RCL readings, I’m struck by an entirely different theme. Oy. And so the… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Gnarled and Twisted Edition

I don’t know about you, preachers, but my mind has a few too many things going at the same time, and my thoughts are all scrambled and twisted up, like the roots on this overturned tree. Let’s see if we can help each other clarify and refine those twisted up ideas. Narrative Lectionary and Revised… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Wine & Spiritual Gifts Edition

This week’s reading from 1 Corinthians is one of my favorites. A number of spiritual gifts are listed, in such a way that the reader could imagine countless more – this does not seem to be an all-inclusive list. What other gifts of the Spirit are manifest in your life, or in your community? Most… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Baptism Edition

It’s Baptism of the Lord Sunday in liturgical traditions, which means that some of us are incorporating a renewal of baptismal vows, some of us celebrating an actual baptism, some of us remembering baptism in another way, and some of us doing something different altogether. Whatever your plans for Sunday, welcome to the 11th Hour… Read More