Preacher Party

Hello Friends, Where are you right now? I’m at a coffee shop after a last minute reschedule of coffee with a congregant, and savoring the extra moments of babysitting to spend on my sermon before my three boy-boys get to bed. Where are you? What are you up to? No matter what I’m grateful that you… Read More

RCL: Telling the Stories

“Until lions write their own stories, the hunters will always be the heroes.” — African proverb I’ve been working — with dubious progress — to write some of my life stories for an upcoming book. As I recall and piece together (re-member) these stories, I’m keenly aware that others in my life have experienced these same events quite differently. It’s inevitable… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Gates and Sheep edition

Preaching colleagues, it’s that time of the week again! How is your sermon coming along? Between planning liturgy, preparing for children’s sermons, and writing something for the main preaching event, this is often the busiest time of the week! At least, it is for those who tend to procrastinate, or who had unexpected events eat… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: New Life

On the fifth Sunday in Lent, the Revised Common Lectionary brings us the raising of Lazarus and the reanimation of dry bones in Ezekiel. While it’s easy to see why the two stories are paired together, there are significant differences. Lazarus is raised from the dead and can serve as protector and provider to his… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Salt and Light

Welcome to the 5th Sunday after Epiphany! How is the season of light going for you? This Sunday’s RCL Gospel continues the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus shares words of wisdom that are counterintuitive to the world’s values. The Isaiah reading is explicit about the requirements for a faithful life requiring housing the homeless and feeding… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: In the Bosom of Abraham

While in seminary, I preached a sermon on this Gospel lesson that I still remember as one of my more mediocre moments in worship leadership. While the sermon itself could have used some improvement, I think that the point I preached holds true: we are all Lazarus. And we are all the rich man. Or at… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Thankful Prayers of Joy and Love

This Advent, the news seems to be filled with stories of controversy, violence, hatred, prejudice, and overall meanness. It’s nothing unique, unfortunately, but this year feels particularly heavy to me. In contrast to the sadness in the news, the Philippians reading from the RCL jumped out at me – I thank God every time I… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party – Time Warp Edition

Welcome to the 11th hour preacher party – or the 10th hour, or the 12th hour, depending on where in the world you are. If you’re in the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Cuba, Haiti, or most of the United States, you’re getting an extra hour to finish that sermon. If you’re in Fiji, on the other… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Crown Him Edition

Happy Saturday, preachers! This week we celebrate/face/puzzle over Reign of Christ (or Christ the King) Sunday, and whether the Son of Man is coming in his glory to call us out for being sheep or goats, or Jeremiah is offering up challenging prophecies, it’s tough talk in both the Revised Common Lectionary and the Narrative… Read More