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Welcome to "Homily Prep" where two Jesuits (Fathers David and Jonathan) discuss their take on the upcoming Sunday's readings for Mass. We hope these conversations will help us not only become better preachers but also help you prepare yourself for Mass.
 
Surviving the Bible seeks to get your sermon/service prep jumpstarted by homing in on crucial issues and themes in the passages and talking through possible opportunities and issues in preaching the various texts. We’ll aim for Lectionary commentary that is sharp and practical, maybe seasoned with a pinch of snark. Join Rev. Amy Piatt, Dr. Tripp Fuller, and guru impersonator Christian Piatt for some weekly fun.
 
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In this two-part episode of Help Me Teach the Bible, Nancy talked to Gary Millar, principal of Queensland Theological College in Brisbane, Australia, and author of Saving Eutychus. Millar is currently working on a commentary on 1 and 2 Kings, which will be published by Crossway. The Book of 1 Kings opens with a weakened King David who can’t seem to…
 
Following the appearance of the Resurrected Christ on the road to Emmaus, we receive a series of events that teach us the various ways Jesus responds to our petition to set our hearts on fire. Readings/Lecturas Readings in English Lecturas en Español Social Media/Redes Sociales Homily Prep on Twitter David on Twitter Jonathan on Twitter David's You…
 
In this episode of Help Me Teach the Bible Nancy went to Columbia, South Carolina, to sit down with Derek Thomas and ask his help for teaching through the book of Mark. Over the course of the conversation they discussed: the miracle stories and how to apply them the kingdom of God true repentance what it means to be a disciple Recommended audio res…
 
This week we are given the familiar readings of our Lord's Passion. Rather than burden the faithful with wise words, or clever interpretations, why not just let the good news speak for itself: "Truly this was the Son of God!" Readings/Lecturas Readings in English Lecturas en Español Social Media/Redes Sociales Homily Prep on Twitter David on Twitte…
 
In this, the second of two episodes, Nancy talked with Ryan Kelly, pastor for preaching at Desert Springs Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he taught through the book of 1 Samuel. Kelly calls 1 Samuel a “hinge book” between the time of the judges and the establishment of the kingship in Israel. Topics include: The prayer of Hannah that exten…
 
Are you ready for the Crucifixion? What good has all the abstinence and fasting been this Lent if it hasn't prepared you for the Cross? Take a moment and consider how this last stretch of Lent will prepare you for the coming Mysteries. Readings/Lecturas Readings in English Lecturas en Español Social Media/Redes Sociales Homily Prep on Twitter David…
 
In this two-part episode, Nancy talked with Ryan Kelly, pastor for preaching at Desert Springs Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he taught through the book of 1 Samuel. Kelly calls 1 Samuel a “hinge book” between the time of the judges and the establishment of the kingship in Israel. Topics include: The prayer of Hannah that extends beyond w…
 
The Ten Commandments and the Cleansing of the Temple make one thing clear: We are invited to live in God's house as his children, according to his commands and his wisdom. The wisdom of God, though, includes the Cross. Readings/Lecturas Readings in English Lecturas en Español Social Media/Redes Sociales Homily Prep on Twitter David on Twitter Jonat…
 
This week we consider the connection between the Baptism of Jesus, his Transfiguration, and eventual death on the Cross prefigured by the sacrifice of Abraham. These three events in the life of Christ are all connected by the revelation of Jesus's sonship to the Father. As we continue Lent, we would do well to internalize the Pasachal Mystery as pa…
 
On this episode, Nancy Guthrie talked with Mike Bullmore about what may be one of the least-studied books in the Bible. The book of 2 Chronicles is rich in story and encouragement to trust God to be faithful to his promises. Bullmore is senior pastor of CrossWay Community Church in Bristol, Wisconsin, and author of The Gospel and Scripture: How to …
 
This last Sunday in Ordinary Time (before Lent) invites us to consider Jesus's power to heal us. Will you go to confession to respond to this invitation? Will you receive the medicine of our salvation in the sacrament of the Eucharist? In these last few days of Ordinary Time we can be thinking of how Lent will be a special time of renewal and heali…
 
In this episode of Help Me Teach the Bible, Nancy talked about the book of Hebrews with Sam Storms, lead pastor for preaching and vision at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, and founder of Enjoying God Ministries. They discussed the many challenging aspects of teaching this book so steeped in the Old Testament, as well as the deep encouragement th…
 
Often we think of preaching as a special time for a learned teacher to offer pearls of wisdom to those who are interested, when in truth preaching is an act of the Holy Spirit that moves through the preacher to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ. With such a noble end, woe to us if we do not allow the Spirit to work in us with such power. Readi…
 
What does it mean to call Jesus "Lord"? In today's readings we consider the impact of "trying to make it on our own" without recognizing Jesus's authority over us. In the end, this may be the source of all of our anxieties. Readings/Lecturas Readings in English Lecturas en Español Social Media/Redes Sociales Homily Prep on Twitter David on Twitter …
 
In this episode of Help Me Teach the Bible, Nancy talked with one of her favorite Scottish preachers, Colin Smith, about how the book of Jonah reveals the steadfast love and mercy of God. Smith is senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and teacher on Unlocking the Bible. Topics in this episode include: …
 
Like last week, the readings present the call of the disciples. This time, though, the focus is on the urgent need to respond to God's call. It is true, God is patient, but we are invited to respond with diliegence. Readings/Lecturas Readings in English Lecturas en Español Social Media/Redes Sociales Homily Prep on Twitter David on Twitter Jonathan…
 
The question is not whether God will call you, but how and to what. Too often we respond with generosity, but are told "that's not how we do things". God is always inviting us to respond with newness and life. With today's readings we pause to consider how God is calling us to be creative and zealous in our response to his invitation. Readings/Lect…
 
To teach us how to teach the book of James, Nancy Guthrie talked with Dan Doriani, vice president of strategic academic initiatives and professor of theology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. Doriani is the author of Getting the Message: A Plan for Interpreting and Applying the Bible, a book that is essential reading for every Bible te…
 
Like Christmas, the feast of the Epiphany is not just an invitation to remember a past event. It is also an invitation to encounter the risen Lord in the same way as those priviliged to be with him in his first coming. Those of us awaiting his return are also able to visit him and encounter his divinity ... if we're willing to make the journey. Rea…
 
In this episode of Help Me Teach the Bible, Nancy talks with David Helm, pastor of the Hyde Park Congregation of Holy Trinity Church and chairman of The Charles Simeon Trust. The book of Daniel is often mined for the stories in its first half while the apocalyptic visions of the second half are avoided. David is the author of a new book Daniel for …
 
Merry Christmas! The first Sunday of Christmastide is upon us, and today we focus on the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. How do we live as nuclear families? What about in the Church? Do we treat everyone as family? Or, are there still strangers among us? Readings/Lecturas Readings in English Lecturas en Español Social Media/Redes Sociales Ho…
 
After two weeks of "preparing the way" with John the Baptist, this week we are given the figure of the Blessed Mother. After preparing the way of the Lord, are we able to be surprised by the Lord? Perhaps, like Mary, God is planning to come into your life in a new and beautiful way. Prepare the way, but be ready for anything. Readings/Lecturas Read…
 
In this episode of Help Me Teach the Bible, Nancy talks with Michael Lawrence, senior pastor of Hinson Baptist Church in Portland, Oregon, or “the ends of the earth” as Lawrence calls it in context of the book of Acts. In this episode you'll not only hear the sounds of a church office building under construction, you'll also hear about how God is g…
 
We have a repeat appearance this week of St. John the Baptist. This week, though, he defends himself against the temptation to make of himself equal to Christ. Here we see him overcoming the voice of deception by "testing the spirits". If we are to be holy, we must test everything, choosing only that which conduces to Christ increasing, and us decr…
 
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