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About the Authors

Keith Hewitt is a pastor and occasional speaker at Christian events. He is the author of three volumes of plays and has written stories for StoryShare (a component of for many years. He lives in southeastern Wisconsin with his wife, two children, and assorted dogs and cats.

David O. Bales was a Presbyterian pastor for 33 years. He formerly taught Greek as well as World Religions, Biblical Hebrew, and Ethics. His stories, sermons, and articles have been widely published in periodicals and books. Bales is a graduate of the University of Portland and San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Rev. Derl Keefer pastored in the Church of the Nazarene for over 30 years. He currently serves as the Adult Development Ministries Coordinator for the Sunday School Ministries department at the Church of the Nazarene Global Ministry Center. He received his B.A. in Religion from Southern Nazarene University and his M.Div from Nazarene Theological Seminary. His other books include Let's Get Committed, Wedding Sermons and Marriage Ceremonies, and Open Doors.

Schuyler Rhodes is the pastor of Temple United Methodist Church in San Francisco, California. Rhodes' commitment to social justice and peace has taken him around the globe. A prolific writer, Rhodes is an honors graduate of Drew University Theological School (M.Div.) and the State University of New York at Potsdam (B.A.).

Dave Zuchelli was a pastor in the United Methodist Church for 37 years. The author of several books, including The Last Wedding (2015) and Sermons for the Harried Preacher (2016), he earned his Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He and his wife Denise live in Virginia.

Richard A. Hasler is graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.). In over fifty years of ordained ministry, Hasler pastored Presbyterian and UCC congregations in New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, and Ohio. He lives in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, with his wife.

Mary Austin is Pastor and Head of Staff at Westminster Church of Detroit. Her M.Div. is from Princeton Theological Seminary. She is also a regular contributor to The Immediate Word (a component of Austin's previous work can be found in several blogs, and previous publications such as Call to Worship, a publication of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and Bereavement Magazine.

Mark Ellingsen, an ELCA pastor, has been a professor of Church History at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia, since 1993. He has authored eighteen books. He and his wife have three grown children. When he is not writing or teaching, Ellingsen enjoys discussing politics, sports, and playing guitar.

2018 Cycle C Total Preaching Package

This package of resources will help you and your congregation in many aspects of your ministry. This collection includes:

  • Sermons based on Gospel texts
  • Sermons based on Second Lesson texts
  • Stories for preaching and teaching
  • Exegesis, commentary and illustrations/stories.
  • BONUS: 3-month subscription to
  • FREE DOWNLOADS Scroll down to get the free downloads you might have missed last week.

2018-19 Sermon Resources
Lectionary Stories For Preaching and Teaching: Series III, Cycle C by Keith Hewitt
Lectionary Stories For Preaching and Teaching: Series II, Cycle C by Peter Andrew Smith The 59 stories based on Cycle C texts by Keith Hewitt will help you deliver your message in creative and captivating ways.
Book $24.95 / E-book $9.95
Lectionary Preaching Workbook: Series X, Cycle C by David O. Bales (from 2015)
Lectionary Stories For Preaching and Teaching: Series IX, Cycle C by David O. Bales For each week, Bales presents themes, summaries, exegesis, and a prayer as resources to guide sermon development, always attempting to expose preachers to different perspectives and deeper knowledge.
Book $59.95 / E-book $19.95
2018-18 Gospel Sermon Series, Cycle C
Focus on Jesus! by Derl Keefer
They The World According to Jesus Cycle C sermons for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany based on Gospel texts.
Book $16.95 / E-book $9.95
Shouting Joy to the Storm by Schuyler Rhodes
Imagining the Gospels Cycle C sermons for Lent/Easter based on Gospel texts.
Book $15.95 / E-book $9.95
Watch This! by Dave Zuchelli
Like a Phoenix Cycle C sermons for Pentecost Sunday Through Proper 17 based on Gospel texts.
Book $15.95 / E-book $9.95
The Last Days by Richard Hasler
Mark His Word Cycle C sermons for Proper 18 through Christ the King Sunday based on Gospel texts.
Book $15.95 / E-book $9.95
2018-19 2nd Reading Sermon Series, Cycle C
Meeting God at the Mall by Mary Austin
Hearers to Kneelers to Chosen The Transformed Life Cycle C sermons for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany based on Second Lesson texts.
Book $15.95 / E-book $9.95
A Rebellious Faith by Mark Ellingsen
Redemption To Transformation The Journey of Lent and Easter Cycle C sermons for Lent and Easter based on Second Lesson texts.
Book $17.95 / E-book $9.95

Special Bounus:

We have a special bonus for anyone who orders during our Lectionary Product Launch. In addition to the resources in the package, you’ll also receive a complimentary 3-month subscription to our online service That’s an additional value of $59.95. (If you already have a subscription to, it will be extended by three months.) This offer ends at midnight on November 13th.

Free Downloads

Pastoral Prayers For All Seasons by Rolland R. Reece
Lectionary Stories For Preaching and Teaching: Series II, Cycle C by Peter Andrew Smith These prayers are sure to provide just the spark of creativity that's needed when time is short and inspiration seems to have dried up. Prayers are arranged according to the seasons of the Christian year. Material for other special days such as Thanksgiving, Mother's and Father's Day, etc. are also included.

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