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 Mark

Engaging Mark - Reflections on Mark for Preaching
The Gospel of Mark - An Introduction for Preachers

"Mark" Time Studies for inquiring minds of faith. See Group Study Resources
Lenten Studies: Reflections on the Gospel Readings: Year B
6 Studies for Lent + A Reflection for Good Friday and Easter Day
See also the videos:

"Good News" in Mark What is the "good news" according to Mark?
Mark's Approach to Scripture. By what "authority"? Mark's Hermeneutic and ours

Passion Sunday: 28 March Mark 15:1-39 (40-47) (or 14:1 - 15:47)
Palm  Sunday: 28 March John 12:12-16
Donkey - a Story  from Christmas to Easter
for all ages
Passion and Palm Sunday: 28 March  Philippians 2:5-11
Good Friday: 2 April  John 18:1 – 19:42
Good Friday:  2 April  Hebrews 10:16-25
Forgiveness: A Reflection on Two Words from the Cross
God and the Sparrows - a reflection on divine risk and the cross
Caiaphas - Did you know?
Father, forgive them! A reflection on Luke 23:34
The unrepentant brigand: for Good Friday French

Easter Day: 41 April John 20:1-18
Easter Day: 4 April Mark 16:1-8
Easter Day: 4 April  1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Easter 2: 11 April John 20:19-31
Easter 2: 11 April Acts 4:32-35
Easter 2: 8 April  1 John 1:1 - 2:2
Easter 3: 18 April Luke 24:36b-48
Easter 3: 18 April  Acts 3:12-19
Easter 3: 18 April  1 John 3:1-7
Easter 4: 25 April John 10:11-18
Easter 4: 25 April Acts 4:5-12
Easter 4: 25 April  1 John 3:16-24
ANZAC Day Sunday 25 April
Easter 5: 2 May April John 15:1-8
Easter 5: 2 May Acts 8:26-40
Easter 5: 2 May  1 John 4:7-21
Easter 6: 9 May John 15:9-17
Easter 6: 9 May Acts 10:44-48
Easter 6: 9 May  1 John 5:1-6
Easter 7: 16 May John 17:6-19
Easter 7: 16 May Acts 1:15-17. 21-26
Easter 7:  16 May  1 John 5:9-13
Pentecost: 23 May John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
Pentecost: 23 May  Acts 2:1-21
Trinity: 30 May  John 3:1-17
Trinity: 30 May  Romans 8:12-17

What Can Love Hope For? Questions for Faith Seeking Understanding (Cascade Books: Eugene, 2020).
This book raises thorny questions about the themes of faith, hope, and love. Is God really like Jesus or was Jesus a temporary exception to the way God usually is?
Was there forgiveness before the cross? Will God one day stop loving? What do we do with the fact that the hopes they had for change were not fulfilled?
What happened to good news for the poor? Why did some replace it with something else? Does Christian freedom mean we no longer need the Law?
Were early responses to rejection always healthy? Does the Bible say all we need to know about sexu

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:

New "Mark" Time Studies for inquiring minds of faith. Series 1: "Mark" Time 345 - 4 studies on Mark 3-5; Series 2: "Mark" Time 6 - 3 studies on Mark 6; Series 3: "Mark" Time 789 - 4 studies on Mark 7-9; Series 4: "Mark" Time 10 - 4 studies. These are for use of groups during the Year of Mark, but suitable for any time.

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

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 English: Recent Tendencies in Research on the Gospel according to Matthew

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