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
(also translated in Czech language by
Barbora Lebedová)

See also The Christmas Stories - exploring their background and meaning
A Very Special Baby - retelling the Christmas story for my 3 1/2 year old grandson - with stick drawings or with pics
The Christmas Queue - Reflections on the Journey to the Christ Child
For Children: Finding the Lost Sheep -also suitable for Christmas

Lukas of Priene - A Presentation of the Message of Christmas through Story

Secrets of the Christmas Story in Matthew

Secrets of the Christmas Story in Luke

Epiphany: 6 January Matthew 2:1-12
Epiphany: 6 January  Ephesians 3:1-12
Baptism of Jesus: 7 January Mark 1:4-11
Baptism of Jesus: 7 January  Acts 19:1-7
Epiphany 2: 14 January John 1:43-51
Epiphany 2: 14 January  1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Epiphany 3: 21 January Mark 1:16-20
Epiphany 3: 21 January  1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Epiphany 4: 28 January Mark 1:21-28
Epiphany 4: 28 January  1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Epiphany 5: 4 February Mark 1:29-39
Epiphany 5: 4 February  1 Corinthians 9:16-23
Transfiguration of Jesus: 11 February Mark 9:2-9
Transfiguration of Jesus: 11 February  2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Prayer for Transfiguration Sunday
A Prayer for Ash Wednesday and for use in Lent, now set to music by Nathan Waring, Chichester
A Liturgy for Ash Wednesday
A Prayer for Ash Wednesday and for use in Lent

Lent 1: 18 February Mark 1:9-15
Lent 1: 18 February  1 Peter 3:18-22
Lent 2: 25 February Mark 8:31-38
Lent 2: 25 February  Romans 4:13-25

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

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