Lectionary Resources


First Thoughts on Passages from the Gospels and the Epistles in the Lectionary The aim of these is to offer some initial reflections on the readings in the lectionary as an aid to people preparing sermons. The comments are not meant to be exegetical commentaries, although they include exegetical observation. They also include reflections which point to contemporary issues. They are also, by the same token, not sermons, not an attempt to say to people what sermons ought to be about. They are offered as a stimulus only. I have written them with only the Greek text before me, so that occasionally your translations may have opted for alternative ways of reading the text. If you sense this is the case, please check other translations or refer to detailed commentaries.

I value feedback on whether you find it is useful and on how it might be changed/improved, made more useful.

A group of Melbourne colleagues, led by Revd Prof Howard Wallace, recently retired as Professor of Old Testament at the Uniting Church Theological Hall, has  commentaries on the Old Testament passages.


For the Year of  Matthew

The Gospel of Matthew - An introduction for preachers.

Advent 3: 11 December Matthew 11:2-11
Advent 3: 11 December  James 5:7-10
Advent 4: 18 December Matthew 1:18-25
Advent 4: 18 December  Romans 1:1-7
The White Ficafolia - a Christmas reflection
For Children: Finding the Lost Sheep -also suitable for Christmas
Graham and the Yellow Envelope - a story for Christmas
A Very Special Baby - retelling the Christmas story for my 3 1/2 year old grandson; you need to add your own illustrations! Mine are only indicative.
The Christmas Queue - Reflections on the Journey to the Christ Child.
Christmas Day: 25 December Luke 2:(1-7), 8-20
Christmas Day: 25 December Titus 3:4-7
Christmas Day 2: 25 December  John 1:1-14

Christmas Day 2: 25 December  (alternative) Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12)
Christmas 1:  1 January  Matthew 2:13-23
Christmas 1:  1 January Hebrews 2:10-18
Epiphany:  6 January  Matthew 2:1-12
Epiphany: 6 January  Ephesians 3:1-12
Baptism of Jesus 8 January  Matthew 3:13-17
Baptism of Jesus 8 January  Acts 10:34-43
Epiphany 2  15 January John 1:29-42
Epiphany 2  15 January  1 Corinthians 1:1-9
Epiphany 3:  22 January  Matthew 4:12-23
Epiphany 3:  22 January  1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Epiphany 4: 29 January Matthew 5:1-12
Epiphany 4:  29 January  1 Corinthians 1:18-31




Making Sense of Sex

This book is a summary of my five volumes of research on attitudes towards sexuality in Early Jewish and Christian Literature, indexed to those volumes.

My hope is that it will prove useful to a wide readership and serve as a doorway for others into the detailed research of the previous 5 volumes.


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A useful resource for ministers and parishes, seeking a fresh approach to the New Testament.


Other resources:

Year A Lectionary Index  First thoughts on the Matthew and other Gospel Passages, Year A
Year of Mark(John) Index First thoughts on the Mark(John) Passages, Year B
Engaging Mark - Reflections on Mark for Preaching
The Gospel of Mark - An Introduction for Preachers
(also translated in Czech language by Barbora Lebedová)
Year of Luke Index. First thoughts on the Luke and other Gospel Passages, Year C
The Role of John's Gospel in the Three Year Lectionary

Neuere Tendenzen in der Matthäusforschung
Listening and telling as Preachers
Preaching as an invitation to engage God-stories
A Service of the Eucharist - for use within Worship

Links to links: try the following:
Songs that Unite: a rich site for worship resources
Liturgy: A New Zealand site for liturgical resources
Stepping Stones: A Guide to Lectionary Based Resources for Worship and Teaching - from  John Maynard
Sermons & Sermon Lectionary Resources by Richard J. Fairchild
Lectionary Resources provided by David Beswick


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