A lot of Evangelical clergy resist following the lectionary, because it makes it so hard to preach through an entire book of the Bible, which is so necessary at least from time to time if a congregation is to become biblically literate. But the lectionary has its good points, too, in that it forcces the preacher to address, or at least listen to, passages he’d just as soon not bother with. Here‘s a good resource for evangelical lectionary preaching, based on the Revised Common Lectionary which is now the Prayer Book lectionary in PECUSA.

There’s other interesting material on the site, too, including an analysis of how Anglican Evangelicals have floundered in recent decades: ‘What has happened to Evangelical Anglican ministry? In the face of declining church attendance, we have come to doubt the worth of Anglican ritual and order and of the power of God’s word proclaimed. Our loyalty to the Prayer Book, commitment to parish ministry, open approach to occasional services, support of unviable congregations, all seem a faded memory. As for the ministry of the Word, we seem more reliant on the new technology, psychology and management techniques of our age, than on the power of the Word proclaimed.’ For some reason there’s no link to this on the home page, but you can find it here.

A bit more Wesleyan than I am (which surprised me in a Moore College grad), but well within the Anglican Evangelical tradition, and well worth using when preaching or running a lectionary Bible study.

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