11th Hour Preacher Party: Love and Hope with a side of Faith

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has been meeting this week in Edinburgh. There has been an air of the spirit and a whiff of hope in much of the business as well as recognition of ordinary and extraordinary everyday acts of love and faith practiced by many. Like the inspiration of Lydia… 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

11th Hour Preacher Party: Always in season

Perversely, since I stepped out of parish/congregational ministry, I’ve fallen in love all over again with the texts that, week after week, speak into life and culture. Somehow, freed of the pressure of preaching every week, I’ve gained a new appreciation of the timeless relevance of Scripture in all that confronts the world and creation… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: The offer of life

As ever, our texts this week, offer many opportunities to speak into the life of our world and the communities we serve. Discussions on the Narrative Lectionary Text can be found here, and on the Revised Common Lectionary Readings here. How about you? Where are you going with the word of life? Where are you… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: The Incarnation

How are you sharing the good news of Emmanuel: God with us this weekend? Will you be preaching to congregations inflated by visitors or will you be feeding those on the margins? Have your Advent preparations built up to this proclamation or will you be relieved to emerge from chaos into Christmas eve and morning?… Read More

11th Hour Preacher’s Party: God always shows up

Come early or late, God is there. However circuitous our route, God is there. Going before us, holding out grace, welcoming us in no matter how we’ve tarried or travelled. God in all our meanderings, embracing us with love. Thanks be to God. Our readings this week in both the Narrative and RCL seem to point us… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party: I can’t preach that!

I managed to see Wonder Woman this week. And, although that’s a genre of film in which I wouldn’t normally indulge, I loved it! The down to earth, underlying themes of truth and hope and love triumphing over evil and hatred and suffering, spoke to me at a primal level as I sought to escape the… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Beyond miracles

It’s easy to see, in the stories presented in our texts this week, the miraculous nature of Jesus and not go any further. But I believe our text invites, indeed demands that we look beyond the miracles to see the message – a message of faith, a message of reconciliation, a message of restoration, a… Read More