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Lectionary Preaching Workbook

Series X, Cycle B
David O. Bales

Understanding that we learn in different ways and believing that God sets out to reach us in ways accommodated to our understanding, Bales has included a diverse set of sermon resources, incorporating styles such as narrative, exposition, imagistic, assertive, and apologetic. Creatively and intelligently, Bales explores critical themes throughout the scriptures including waiting, suffering, faithfulness, sovereignty, and patience, and he presents three decades of pastoral experience through poignant summaries, ideas, prayers, and stories.

Each Sunday's material includes:
• Revised Common Lectionary texts for the day
• various themes and possible sermon titles from the scripture readings
• commentary on the day's readings and Psalm
• possible preaching approaches
• a pastoral prayer
• numerous illustrations to flesh out the message

David O. Bales was a Presbyterian pastor for 33 years. After retiring he taught Introduction to Biblical Greek at College of Idaho for two years. His stories, sermons, and articles have appeared in Preaching, Pulpit Digest, Lectionary Homiletics, Emphasis, Feasting on the Gospels, and StoryShare. He is author of Gospel Subplots: Story Sermons of God's Grace and four other titles published by CSS Publishing. Bales is a graduate of the University of Portland and San Francisco Theological Seminary.

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Lectionary Preaching Workbook
Series IX, Cycle B
by Mark Ellingsen


I will definitely encourage the students to purchase this workbook.
Lucy Lind Hogan, Ph.D.
Hugh Latimer Elderdice Professor of Preaching and Worship
Wesley Theological Seminary
Washington DC

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Lectionary Preaching Workbook
Series VIII, Cycle B
by Carlos E. Wilton


Wilton has a masterful command of scripture and an encyclopedic memory for appropriate quotes and illustrations -- which is exemplified in this ultimately helpful work.
William G. Carter, Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania

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Brokhoff Classics: Preaching the Parables and Miracles...
Preaching The Parables
Cycle B
by John R. Brokhoff


Brokhoff offers not only exegesis and interpretation for each passage, but also rich material for sermon development, suggested outlining approaches, and preaching illustrations.

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Preaching The Miracles
Cycle B
by John R. Brokhoff


For each miracle in Cycle B Brokhoff provides:
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• Suggested Sermon Themes
• Sermon Outlines
• Cultural & Historical Contexts
• Sermon Illustrations

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Insightful Lectionary Commentary & Background Briefs
Navigating The Sermon
Commentaries For Cycle B
Anthology


Each week the authors in this collection delve into the heart of the readings and provide you with in-depth lectionary-based commentary; relating several fresh, solid ideas for creating sermons that speak powerfully to your audience.

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Lectionary Scripture Notes, Cycle B
Background Briefs On Lectionary Texts
by Norman Beck


This book provides guidelines and resources for sermons, worship planning, and Scripture study based on the texts in Cycle B. Leaders in worship and worship planning will also benefit from this volume.

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Mission Possible!

Cycle B Sermons for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany Based on the Gospel Texts
Charley Reeb

In nineteen sermons, Charley Reeb sets out to remind us that God's mysterious ways are limitless in power. Mission Possible! calls us into thoughtful discussion and seeks to move us deeper into the realm of the kingdom with a hopeful urgency that inspires us to breathe in God's word and exhale his grace to a world in need.

Titles included in this book are:

  • Three Things You Can Count On (Mark 13:24-37)
  • While You Wait (Mark 1:1-8)
  • Addicted to Hurry (Matthew 25:31-46)
  • Less Is More (John 1:[1-9] 10-18)
  • The Power of Appreciation (Matthew 2:1-12)
  • Learn to Play Again (Mark 2:13-22)
  • True North (Mark 2:23--3:6)

Rev. Dr. Charles Reeb is the Senior Pastor of Pasadena Community Church (UMC) in St. Petersburg, Florida. His work has appeared in Preaching and Circuit Rider magazines, and he has been a featured preacher on the national radio program Day 1 (formerly known as The Protestant Hour). He is also a contributing writer to the Feasting on the Word commentary series. Reeb is a graduate of Florida Southern College and Candler School of Theology at Emory University and earned his D.Min. degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. He is the author of two books published by CSS.

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Simple Faith?

Cycle B Sermons for Lent and Easter Based on the Gospel Texts
John Jamison

These seventeen sermons hold powerful plots and themes that will transform in today's world as boldly as they did in ancient days. Jamison's humble approach to storytelling makes this resource an indespensible aid when preparing your sermons.

The sermon titles included in this book are:

  • Actors (Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21)
  • The Bethsaida Boys (Mark 8:31-38)
  • Zeal! (John 2:13-22)
  • Some Greeks (John 12:20-33)
  • The Week (Mark 14:1--15:47)
  • Out of Control (John 18:1--19:42)
  • Fish Tales (Luke 24:36b-48)
  • Tangled Up in the Vines (John 15:1-8)
  • Travel Arrangements (Luke 24:44-53)
  • Making Sense (John 17:6-19)

John B. Jamison spent twenty plus years as a full-time pastor of United Methodist congregations in Illinois. He still maintains his connection to the church by serving as an interim pastor for Presbyterian congregations. The author of Time's Up! (CSS) and a section of Sermons on the Second Readings, Series II, Cycle C, Jamison has also participated in the United Methodist Academy for Preaching, and he has created a variety of print, television, and radio material. Jamison is currently CEO of ImagiLearning, Inc.

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Some Things I've Learned Since I Knew It All

Cycle B Sermons for Pentecost Day Through Proper 13 Based on the Gospel Texts
Ron Lavin

Lavin poignantly encourages pastors and congregations to embrace a holy reliance upon the transformative power of the Holy Spirit, reminding us that it is God who changes hearts. Man is merely the vessel.

The sermons in this book include:

  • Family Ties and Good-byes (Mark 3:20-35)
  • Close Calls (Mark 4:35-41)
  • So, You Want to Get Well? (Mark 5:21-43)
  • Without Conflict There Is No Story (Mark 6:1-13)
  • The Pointer (Mark 6:14-29)
  • Chaos and Solitude (Mark 6:30-34, 53-56)
  • When I AM Speaks, You'd Better Listen (John 6:24-35)

Ron Lavin is a popular speaker and prolific writer who served congregations in Indiana, Iowa, Arizona, and California. Membership in his Davenport, Iowa, parish increased by over 2,000, while more than 1,000 new members were baptized during his pastorate in Tucson, Arizona. Ron has written 28 books, including the CSS "Another Look" series: People Who Met Jesus, Abba, Stories to Remember, I Believe; Help My Unbelief, The Big Ten, and Saving Grace.

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Food, Foretelling, Followers, and Fulfillment: Jesus On His Way To Jerusalem

Cycle B Sermons for Proper 14 Through Proper 22 Based on the Gospel Texts
Rick McCracken-Bennett
  • Who is Jesus?
  • How do we care for the powerless?
  • Are we called to serve others?
  • Can we be redeemed from sin?

McCracken-Bennett sets out to answer those questions as he leads churches through the events of the middle of the season after Pentecost. This book expands our vision of Jesus by weaving a deep historical knowledge of scripture with present-day narratives and exposing the sustaining relevance of Jesus' words in today's culture. The sermon titles included in this book are:

  • Am I Eating Manna or Bread from Heaven? (John 6:35, 41-51)
  • Garbage in... Garbage Out or You Are What You Eat (Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23)
  • Who Does Jesus Belong to Anyway? (Mark 7:24-37)
  • Gouge-Your-Eye-Out Sunday (Mark 9:38-50)
  • And They Lived Happily Ever After... or Did They? (Mark 10:2-16)

Rick McCracken-Bennett is the founding pastor of All Saints Episcopal Church in New Albany, Ohio. He is a writer, musician, songwriter, storyteller, and church planter. McCracken-Bennett's doctoral thesis, Future Story, has been used by congregations in their long-range planning. He is a graduate of the University of Findlay (B.A.), St. Meinrad School of Theology (M.Div.), and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary (D.Min.).

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Ordinary Time With Jesus

Cycle B Sermons for Proper 23 Through Christ the King Based on the Gospel Texts
April Yamasaki

Yamasaki reminds us to surrender our ideas, our hopes, and our expectations to Jesus as she closes each sermon with a simple prayer, emphasizing total dependence upon Christ.

Pastors can rely upon each of these sermons to challenge both themselves and their congregations to live a "cross-shaped life," one that reaches up to God and out to others.

The sermons included in this book are:

  • Jesus' No-Nonsense Guide to Being Rich (Mark 10:17-31)
  • Jesus' No-Nonsense Guide to Success (Mark 10:35-45)
  • Free Indeed! (John 8:31-36)
  • A Cross-Shaped Life (Mark 12:28-34)
  • Why Bother? (Mark 12:38-44)
  • No, We're Not There Yet (Mark 13:1-8)
  • Jesus: The Original Superhero? (John 18:33-37)
  • No Reason to Worry (Matthew 6:25-33)

April Yamasaki is the lead pastor of Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Yamasaki's newest publication is Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal (Herald Press, February 2013). April is also the author of "Led by the Spirit" a section of Sermons on the Gospel Readings (CSS Publishing, 2009) and several others. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (B.A.) and Regent College (M.C.S.). She is married to Gary Yamasaki who teaches at Columbia Bible College.


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Sermons On The Gospel Readings
Series I, Cycle B
by Cathy A Ammlung, Stephen Crotts, Paul Flesner, Robert a Noblett, David G. Rogne


Unforgettable in their power and witness, these sermons offer strength, support, and vision to those hoping to enrich their Christ-centered life.

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Sermons On The First Readings
Series I, Cycle B
by Curtis Lewis; Richard Gribble; Linda Forsberg; Timothy Smith; H. Alan Stewart


These sermons combine creative imagination with abundant insight into vital issues to transform our human despair into trust in the Lord's divine providence.

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Sermons On The Second Readings
Series I, Cycle B
by Frederick R. Harm, Paul E. Robinson, Glenn W. McDonald, Harold C. Warlick, Jr.


These sermons explore how the practical and moral concerns of the early church offer lessons for modern Christian living.

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Lectionary Tales For the Pulpit
Series VII, Cycle B
Anthology


The stories in this volume can be whimsical and light-hearted or poignant and reflective. Useful as illustrations or stand alone sermons, these stories will flesh out your messages with vibrant, engaging images.

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