Multiple contributors, with foreword by Amy K. Butler
WJK Press, Louisville, Ky. 320 pages
In the guild of preachers, the typical split is between those who preach the lectionary and those who do not. Those who do not argue that their method sustains the essential freedom to engage both Scripture and congregation in a timely manner. Without the constraints of the lectionary, they are able to discern with precision the texts that will enable sermons that reach the congregation. This discernment often results in a sermon series that is thought to be more compelling to the congregation and allows for the proper time to develop a theme. On the other hand, those who preach the lectionary argue that the structure protects against the ego of the preacher determining what is right for the moment. The lectionary forces one to preach the Scriptures given and to find the truth within that will be most helpful for the congregation. A certain discipline of mind is required for lectionary preaching.
Thankfully, that split is now over with this book. It creates sermon series from the lectionary texts for years A, B and C. This is a remarkable resource with contributions from a wide array of preachers. Series are suggested from the lectionary texts with overviews of themes and text. So preachers, take heart! The split is over. Rejoice and preach the good news!