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

Narrative Lectionary Summer Series: Letter-Writing Occasions (2 Corinthians)

By Rev. Lia Scholl and Rev. Stephanie Anthony Overview   Books of the Bible rarely get much attention, but things were different when Second Corinthians was quoted by Donald Trump, back in January 2016. It made the news because Trump mistakenly called it “Two Corinthians.” He used it in a speech at Liberty University, quoting… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Summer Series Debut

For the next three weeks, we will be debuting our Narrative Lectionary Summer Series, and we’re doing it Netflix-style. You can find all the texts for the whole series covered in one post. We begin this week with 2 Corinthians. RevGalBlogPals contributors Stephanie Anthony and Lia Scholl start us off with an overview of the epistle… Read More