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.
Meeting Matthew's Main Themes
Recent Tendencies in Research on the Gospel according to Matthew
Brief Bibliography  (originally for Salt and Light series)
New Group Studies: Meeting Matthew 1-4; 2. Meeting Matthew 5, 7, 12; 3. Meeting Matthew 20, 25
See the new Videos Page listing Sessions on Climbing the Sermon on the Mount (4 sessions)
and Light and Shade in Matthew (4 sessions)

Pentecost 18: 4 October Matthew 21:33-46
Pentecost 18: 4 October  Philippians 3:4b-14
Pentecost 19: 11 October Matthew 22:1-14
Pentecost 19: 11 October  Philippians 4:1-9
Pentecost 20: 18 October Matthew 22:15-22
Pentecost 20: 18 October  1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Pentecost 21: 25 October Matthew 22:34-46
Pentecost 21: 25 October  1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Pentecost 22: 1 November Matthew 23:1-12
Pentecost 22: 1 November  1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
Pentecost 23: 8 November Matthew 25:1-13
Pentecost 23: 8 November  1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Pentecost 24: 15 November Matthew 25:14-30
Pentecost 24: 15 November  1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Christ the King: 22 November Matthew 25:31-46
Christ the King: 22 November  Ephesians 1:15-23

For the Year of Mark

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

Lenten Studies: Reflections on the Gospel Readings: Year B
6 Studies for Lent + A Reflection for Good Friday and Easter Day
Advent 1: 29 November Mark 13:24-37
Advent 1: 29 November  1 Corinthians 1:3-9

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 Matthรคusforschung 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