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  • The Lectionary Gospel

    Matthew 21:33-46

    Author: Scott Hoezee

     ******BOOM******* That’s probably not a word (or a sound effect) you associate with the parables of Jesus.  But it’s more apt than you might think. Eugene Peterson famously said that parables are narrative time bombs.  These are… More...

  • Old Testament Lectionary

    Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20

    Author: Stan Mast

    What a massive text for one sermon!  I’ve preached ten-part series on these verses, spending much time on each word of the successive commandments.  No wonder the RCL tried to help us by leaving out the crucial… More...

  • The Lectionary Psalms

    Psalm 80:7-15

    Author: Scott Hoezee

    “The Lord make his face to shine upon you . . .”  That’s a line from the great Aaronic Benediction originally given to Israel in Numbers 6 and it is a line with which many Christians are… More...

  • Lectionary Epistle

    Philippians 3:4b-14

    Author: Doug Bratt

    “Are you becoming perfect?” is the perhaps strange way Carole Noren, to whom I owe many ideas for this Starter, begins a sermon on Philippians 3.  It is, however, also an appropriate question, in light of the… More...

  • En Español

    Daniel 9.1-19

    Author: Leopoldo Cervantes-Ortiz

    El año primero de Darío, hijo de Asuero, de ascendencia meda y rey del imperio caldeo, el año primero de su reinado, yo, Daniel, estuve investigando en las Escrituras sobre los setenta años que tenía que permanecer… More...