Open Source Lectionary

In this section, you will find excerpts of my thesis for the Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Preaching program, explaining the rationale for an Open Source Lectionary.  This thesis has been published in ebook and book form.

Table of Contents

ABSTRACT……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ii
Acknowledgments………………………………………………………………………………………….. iii
1. Why is an Open Source Lectionary Needed?………………………………………………… 1
Benefits of the Revised Common Lectionary……………………………………………….. 2
A Framework for Worship Planning……………………………………………………… 3
Avoiding the Pitfall of Preaching Pet Passages………………………………………. 5
Ecumenical Unity and Collaboration……………………………………………………. 7
Limits of the Revised Common Lectionary………………………………………………… 10
Disconnected Texts………………………………………………………………………….. 12
Missing Texts…………………………………………………………………………………… 19
Toward an Open Source Lectionary………………………………………………………….. 27
2. Preaching in Context………………………………………………………………………………….. 40
Modes of Biblical Interpretation………………………………………………………………. 41
Postmodernity……………………………………………………………………………………….. 50
God with Us…………………………………………………………………………………………… 55
God Against Preaching……………………………………………………………………………. 60
Preaching as Confession…………………………………………………………………………. 66
The Biblical Story…………………………………………………………………………………… 75
3. Exploring the Lectionary…………………………………………………………………………… 82
History of the Lectionary…………………………………………………………………………. 82
Navigating the Lectionary……………………………………………………………………….. 92
Semicontinuous Limitations in the Lectionary………………………………………….. 104
4. The Open Source Lectionary…………………………………………………………………….. 110
Www.OpenSourceLectionary.com………………………………………………………….. 110
Examples of Lectionary Mods………………………………………………………………… 112
The Book of Acts…………………………………………………………………………….. 113
Revelation…………………………………………………………………………………….. 119
Advent………………………………………………………………………………………….. 122
“Neglected Characters of the Bible” for Lent……………………………………. 129
Genesis: The Beginning…………………………………………………………………… 132
A Year of John……………………………………………………………………………….. 133
Narrative Lectionaries……………………………………………………………………. 146
The African American Lectionary…………………………………………………….. 149
5. The Future of the Open Source Lectionary…………………………………………….. 151
“The New Revised Common Lectionary”: a Modest Proposal……………………. 151
Local and Online Open Source Lectionary Communities…………………………… 158
Conclusion…………………………………………………………………………………………… 160
Appendix A: Chapter Totals and Page Numbers in the Bible……………………….. 163
Appendix B: Acts in the Revised Common Lectionary………………………………….. 167
Appendix C: John in the Revised Common Lectionary…………………………………. 169
Bibliography………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 171

Why Open Source Lectionary?

CHAPTER 1 (excerpts) Why is an Open Source Lectionary Needed? The Revised Common Lectionary (RCL)[1] is best understood and used as a flexible framework of Biblical readings for worship through the three year Church Year cycle, within which the preacher and worshiping community are free to alter or choose different texts to educate and empower …

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Preaching in Context

CHAPTER 2 (excerpt) Preaching in Context What is this book, the Bible, to which Christian preachers return each week, and struggle to share with their congregations?  Why is the Bible the source for the weekly worship and oral communication that is preaching?  How does one move from a particular biblical text to the contexts of …

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Exploring the Lectionary

CHAPTER 3 (excerpt) Exploring the Lectionary In addition to Lowry’s earlier work and the work of the Consultation on Common Texts itself, several recent books are helpful guides for living with the lectionary, including Gail Ramshaw’s Treasures Old and New: Images in the Lectionary and A Three Year Banquet: The Lectionary for the Assembly, Gail …

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The Future of the Open Source Lectionary

CHAPTER 5 (excerpt) The Future of the Open Source Lectionary In this final chapter, we will make a modest proposal for a long term goal of a New Revised Common Lectionary.  Then, we will look at more short term goals of developing local and online Open Source Lectionary communities.  Finally, we will bring this thesis …

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