Revised Common Lectionary: Role Reversal

In a previous life, I helped lead retreats for schoolchildren from Christian schools. A class of kids, usually age 8-10, would come for a week at a time during the school year with their teachers, and we would be responsible for activities, worship, and meals every day. At that age, kids tend to be somewhat… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Carb Overload

This week’s Revised Common Lectionary Gospel lesson is the fifth, and blessedly final, installment of the Bread of Life series. Next week we return to Mark, where there are still conversations about food, but in a totally different context. No matter how much you love John, or bread, if you’ve preached on the Bread of… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Pentecost!

Welcome to the end of the season of Easter, and one of the only days in the church year that celebrates the work of the Holy Spirit! (Do you know where your red stole is?) RCL texts for this Sunday can be found here, and links to additional resources are available on The Text This… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: a party of preachers edition

Hello, preachers! At my house, three preachers are heading out to meet a fourth for dinner. We have Preacher Party host Liz Crumlish from Scotland visiting at the Manse where my wife and live in South Central Pennsylvania, and I am filling in for her this week. Liz will be preaching for the congregation kathrynzj… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Temptation Edition

Welcome to Lent 1 and the season of temptation and spiritual discipline. This week we get stories about the temptation of Adam and Eve and of Jesus, and a comparison of the sin of Adam to the salvation of Jesus (in the RCL). The Narrative Lectionary brings us the Golden Rule, the story of the Good… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Unexpected Guests (Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7)

When the day ends, and he settles down in his tent and looks up at the night sky, the expanse of the stars reminds Abraham of God’s promise to make him the father of children so numerous they are like stars in the sky.  Can you count the stars, God asks Abraham?  (15:5)  Your descendants… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: Fly Like an Eagle or Walk on Water Edition

Hello, preachers! At our house, we’re trying to finish it all up before leaving Sunday for the RevGals’ Big Event 8.0 cruise! What do you have planned this week? Check out the lectionary posts from earlier in the week if you are still pondering: NL and RCL. The stories this week offer us eagle’s wings, a wondrous… Read More