Book suggestion: Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary (12 vol. series)

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Mar 25 2010 11:35 PM

Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary (12 vol. series, organized by Year A, Year B, Year C; 4 volumes for each, according to the seasons of the church year)
Series editors: David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor

The print series is still in progress and is being released to subscribers in time for the current year's preaching schedule. Year B is done and Year C is halfway done. The whole series should be finished by May 2011.

From the Series Introduction:

A preacher's work is never done. Teaching, offering pastoral care, leading worship, and administering congregational life are only a few of the responsibilities that can turn preaching into just one more task of pastoral ministry. Yet the Sunday sermon is how the preacher ministers to most of the people most of the time. The majority of those who listen are not in crisis. They live such busy lives that few take part in the church's educational programs. They wish they had more time to reflect on their faith, but they do not. Whether the sermon is five minutes long or forty-five, it is the congregation's one opportunity to hear directly from their pastor about what life in Christ means and why it matters.

Feasting on the Word offers pastors focused resources for sermon preparation, written by companions on the way. With four different essays on each of the four biblical texts assigned by the Revised Common Lcctionary, this scries offers preachers sixteen different ways into the proclamation of God's Word on any given occasion. For each reading, preachers will find brief essays on the exegetical, theological, homiletical, and pastoral challenges of the text. The page layout is unusual. By setting the biblical passage at the top of the page and placing the essays beneath it, we mean to suggest the interdependence of the four approaches without granting priority to any one of them. Some readers may decide to focus on the Gospel passage, for instance, by reading all four essays provided for that text. Others may decide to look for connections between the Hebrew Bible, Psalm, Gospel, and Epistle texts by reading the theological essays on each one.

Wherever they begin, preachers will find what they need in a single volume produced by writers from a wide variety of disciplines and religious traditions. These authors teach in colleges and seminaries. They lead congregations. They write scholarly books as well as columns for the local newspaper. They oversee denominations. In all of these capacities and more, they serve God's Word, joining the preacher in the ongoing challenge of bringing that Word to life.

We offer this print resource for the mainline church in full recognition that we do so in the digital age of the emerging church. Like our page layout, this decision honors the authority of the biblical text, which thrives on the page as well as in the ear. While the twelve volumes of this series follow the pattern of the Revised Common Lectionary, each volume contains an index of biblical passages so that all preachers may make full use of its contents.

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Ralph A. Abernethy III | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 26 2010 11:37 AM

I wouldn't mind seeing this in Logos format.  It can be helpful.  I've got two of the hard copy volumes, and it would definitely be more user friendly (and portable) if it were in the L4 library.


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Paul Knopf | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 26 2010 12:25 PM

I too would love to have this series in Logos

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Thad Austin | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Sep 3 2011 9:22 AM

I would buy this if available on logos in a heartbeat.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Sep 3 2011 1:04 PM


Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: "To be a theologian means to have experience of a personal encounter with God through prayer and worship."

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