100+ Web Sites for Preachers
By Richard J. Fairchild
This page is one of a series of articles giving web links for people
in ministry, you can find more at RPI Links Page.
The great majority of these sites were compiled by Richard Fairchild
on his web site (listed first below). Most of the lectionary-based preaching
sites refer to the Revised Common Lectionary. I've added in a few more
sites and put an asterisk by those that rely on the Roman Lectionary. If
you know of a site that should have been included here, please e-mail its
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in April 1998. Several of the links in this article are now dead. we have
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* Sermons &
Sermon — Lectionary Resources. Lots of links, info about sermons, lectionaries,
and calendars. Mostly based on the revised common lectionary, but some
Catholic information is also included. This site is sponsored by the Rev.
Richard J. Fairchild of St. Andrew's United Church in Golden, British Columbia.
Meta sites, helps, indexes
Biblical Studies Foundation: Fairly
extensive source of bible studies and pastoral helps from an evangelical
Sermon Experience: A page by The Rev. Chuck Smoot, pastor of Miller Chapel
A.M.E. Church in University Park, IL.
Index: Textually indexed sermons from Loveland Protestant Reformed Church
(The Rev. G. Van Baren).
New and revised. Thousands of sermon outlines, complete sermons and textual
studies assembled by Pastor John Kapteyn of the First Reformed Church,
Chatham, Ontario. Indexed by Scripture passage and uses a variety of sources
The Executable Outlines
Series: Sermon outlines and Bible study guides by Mark A. Copeland.
There are 53 studies with more than 580 outlines; more added weekly.
by Dr. Russell Metcalfe: Sermons from the senior pastor of the Wollaston
Church of the Nazarene on the campus of Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy,
By J. David Hoke: Expository sermons, most series scripturally indexed,
by the pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Voorhees, N.J.
Sermons, Stories & Illustrations:
Scripturally indexed sermons from Pastor Shelton Cole of Faith Baptist
From Garrett First Baptist: Scripturally indexed sermon site by The Rev.
Arthur G. Ferry.
For Biblical Studies: Resources for exegesis. Scholarly in nature.
Jared's Liturgy Archive: You will find Anglican, Roman Catholic, Celtic,
Orthodox and other liturgies of the Christian church.
(unofficial) Preaching Resource Page: Prepared by Jonathon Jensen — this
is another "site index".
Preacher's Study: Gateway to a variety of resources that are helpful to
the preacher. Shareware site.
Worship Resource Center: A
very comprehensive, well-presented index site with a strong emphasis on
music and praise, but containing many other excellent resources as well.
Dominican site with links to sermon collections and preaching information.
Lift Up Your Hearts: Lectionary-based worship information. Some Roman Catholic
Lectionary Sermons and Studies in Advance
* Commentary on the
RCL Readings: Weekly commentary and exegesis on the lectionary readings
by Chris Haslam of the Anglican Church of Canada, Westmount, Quebec.
* Deacon Sil's
Homiletics Page: Not only does Deacon Sil Galvan prepare well in advance
and post by lectionary date, the page also has a useful "thematic index".
Desperate Preacher's Home Page
A site that seeks dialogue to help create sermons for upcoming Lections.
Uses many of the links and concepts from Richard Fairchild's site.
Baptist Church Sermons:: A page by Pastor David Russell in Arthur,
IL. Generally a new offering posted by Friday evening.
The Pulpit: Lectionary Sermons primarily by the Rev. Billy Strayhorn of
St. John the Apostle's Pastor UMC in Arlington — posted by Friday night
or Saturday noon.
* Andrew Greeley's
Catholic Homilies: Short exegesis of one of the upcoming readings followed
by a short story or illustration — posted in advance by one of America's
most noted authors.
* Meeting Christ in
the Liturgy — The Word on the Web: Weekly reflections on the Sunday
Gospels and the “Catechism of the Catholic Church” By Fr. Cusick. Spanish
Memorial UMC's Sunday's Sermon: Updated weekly for the pending time of
preaching by the Rev. Alex Stevenson. Features archived sermons (html format)
from previous trips through the church year.
Sermons of Pastor Wes Jenks: A sermon page from Bluff Point UMC.
Online: Complete liturgical materials in advance as prepared by the Rev.
Dr. Moira Laidlaw, a retired minister of the Uniting Church in Australia.
Page: A lectionary-based resource designed to provide a brief commentary
and sermon-starting ideas for preachers. Written by United Methodist pastor
of Eaton — Sermons: A page from the Rev. Janice Scott in the parish of
Sermons: From the Rev. John Ashbaugh of Zion UMC.
St. Georges (Penang):
Sermons by the Rev. Luke Ooi of the Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia.
Matthew UMC Sermon Page: Sermons written by the Rev. Justin Fisher.
The Saving Word Down
Under: An Australian commentary on the lectionary from Fr. Terence
A collection of mostly lectionary sermons (some non-lectionary series posted)
by the Rev. David Leininger. David also maintains a very useful
Library Archive page.
Sermon Seeds: Lectionary-based
sermon seeds from the United Church of Christ site.
For Pastors & Teachers: Contains original scripturally indexed
sermons by Greg Munro, assistant minister at Willoughby Anglican Church.
Archive: From the sanctuary of the Union Church of LaHarpe, IL. Weekly
sermons, indexed by passage, preached by "book of the Bible" by the Rev.
Services 1997: The archive and current/advance sermon and worship service
page of the Rev. Mark Haverland of Polk City United Methodist Church.
by Earl Janssen: A current archive of lectionary-based sermons by an Evangelical
Lutheran Pastor in Pennsylvania. Earl will place you on a mailing list
to receive this coming Sunday's sermon (sent out Thursday or Friday) if
you ask him.
The United Church of Espanola: The Rev. Kim F. Gilliland posts a sermon
on Tuesday on the texts for the upcoming Sunday. Often highly narrative
Roseburg First United Methodist Church: RCL sermons posted by Rev.
Dr. Robert Flaherty.
* Sunday's Gospel
Reflections: Lectionary-based reflections on the gospel from a Vietnamese
Message: A site from Markham Convention Baptist Church (Ontario, Canada).
This Sunday's Message: Lectionary sermons by Fr. George Griffin of the
Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Mount Vernon, VA.
Weekly Sermon from
Chris Heath: A long-standing page featuring a weekly lectionary sermon
from Chris Heath of the Anglican Church of Australia. Posted early in the
Worship that Works:
Selected Sermons: Lectionary-based resource sponsored by the Episcopal
Sermons: By Ross Bartlett of St. Andrew's by the Lake United Church in
Kingston, Ontario. High calibre sermons.
St. Aidan's Sermons:
By Bruce McAndless-Davis (Presbyterian). Good material.
4U: Lectionary-based sermons by the Rev. Beth Johnston (United Church
Sermons From First United: Lectionary-based sermons by the Rev. David Martyn
of the First United Church in Kelowna, BC
* The Weekly Homily
of Father Daniel Meynen: Sign up to receive the weekly homily sent
in advance by e-mail. Past homilies archived on the site.
Other lectionary sermons
The Mass: Includes homily from The Basilica of the National Shrine
of Saint Ann, Scranton, PA
The Sermon Libraries: A growing collection of fairly current lectionary-based
sermons by the Rev. Tom Ott of the United Church of Christ.
Sermon Pages 98: Lectionary-based
sermons by Patricia De Jong and Daniel Chambers of First Congregational
Church, Berkeley, CA. Also archive of 1995, 1996, and 1997 sermons.
From Chalmer's United Church: A sermon archive site indexed by lectionary
date by the Rev. Wayne Hilliker of the UCC.
From Duke University Chapel: Occasional sermons from one of the world's
best seminaries. Mostly lectionary-based. The Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon
has posted most of them.
Sermons From Govans Presbyterian:
The sermon page of the Rev. Jack Sharp, the founder and moderator of Sermonshop.
Sermons from Norfolk
United Methodist Parish: Current sermons.
Protestant Hour Sermon
Search: Search page for the Protestant Hour.
Newman Homilies & Reflections: Homilies from the University of Minnesota
Twin Cities Campus Newman Center.
and Homilies from Fr. Charlie.
* Father Sandell — Homilies:
Homilies by Fr. John Sandell of the Fargo, ND diocese.
This archive contains sermons preached at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian
Church in New York; based on the Revised Common Lectionary.
Commercial sites and products of note
Sunday Sermons CD-ROM Collection:
This is the site where you can read about and order "Voicings Publications"
new CD ROM collection of 1100 lectionary-based sermons covering seven full
cycles of the Revised Common Lectionary.
Sermon Mall: Good sermons and other resources, covering the coming lection
Hints: Homily Hints are sermons integrating recent events with the three
prescribed Sunday readings; aimed at stimulating the thoughts of the preacher.
Inspirational Stories & Poems: A site by Chris P. Cash, a traveling
youth retreat worker.
Sermon Illustrations: Although not sermons (primarily), these offerings
are well "in advance" and related to the Lutheran form of the Revised Common
* Daily Scripture
Readings & Meditations: Meditations are written by Don Schwager
Sermon Illustrations: A well-presented source of illustrations by Dr. L.
E. Brown, Jr. (Evangelical).
A fair collection of illustrations listed by category by members of Baptist
Bible Fellowship International.
From the Bible Studies Foundation: Indexed by alphabet first, then by theme
Good clean humour from Ecunet — may be useful as illustrations — or simply
to lighten your own day.
Gray Bucket — Children's Sermons: Snappy children's stories for worship
from Pastor V. Howard Campbell.
Grove UMC Children's Sermons: An interesting source of children's sermons,
but not categorized by lectionary date or biblical text.
Soul Food: A page from
the United Methodist "Interactive" Reporter G Stories for illustrations
Stories, and Illustrations: A resource for those who love preaching, presented
by the preachers of the Baptist Bible Fellowship International.
Storybook: Lectionary-based stories by Robert Béla Wilhelm.
Lectionary discussion list servers
These list servers are capable of overloading your mailboxes with hundreds
of notes a week. But they are useful forums and many good ideas are posted
each week of the year. Some of them have digest features that make handling
the number of notes much easier.
SERMONSHOP — Started in 1984, this ECUNET list server is the longest
existing forum regarding the upcoming lectionary passages. To subscribe
send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and on the first line enter
the word "subscribe." Note that the
Presbyterian Church (USA):
has made available the Sermonshop
Archives: a fully searchable WWW site.
GOSPEL TALK — a weekly e-mail discussion of the Gospel appointed by
the Episcopal Lectionary. Send an e-mail to GOSPELTALK@cdepot.net, and
put only the word “SUBSCRIBE” in the Subject box. This will automatically
add your name to the mailing list. The home of Gospel Talk (http://trinityepiscopal.net)
is at Trinity Episcopal Church in the United States.
LECTION-LIST — A new and helpful lectionary preaching discussion list
server. To subscribe Send an e-mail to Lection-List-Request@bible.acu.edu.
On the first line, enter the command "subscribe Lection-list". Moderated
by Paul Woodhouse.
PREACH!: To subscribe
to their lectionary discussion listserve send an e-mail to email@example.com,
and on the first line enter "subscribe preach Firstname Lastname" (no quotes)
where the names are your actual names.
PRCL-L: "Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary — List" seeks to provide
an opportunity for clergypersons from many different social locations and
Christian traditions to study and discuss the weekly Revised Common Lectionary
texts and to discuss and exchange ideas and suggestions for planning weekly
worship based on these texts. To subscribe to PRCL-L send an e-mail to
LISTSERV@ULKYVM.LOUISVILLE.EDU. In the body of the message type: “SUBSCRIBE
PRCL-L Your Name”.
TALK: A discussion forum for the propers of the current cycle from the
Diocese of Brisbane, Anglican Church of Australia. To subscribe, send an
e-mail to PROPERTALKfirstname.lastname@example.org. On the first line enter the word
"SUBSCRIBE". A "digest" feature is available.
SABBATHEOLOGY: To subscribe send an e-mail to LISTSERVE@CROSSINGS.ORG
and in the body write “SUBSCRIBE SABBATHEOLOGY firstname lastname”.
Preaching and ministry journals
Living Pulpit Journal: On- and off-line
subscription journal with some free materials. Lectionary indexes arriving
soon. Features top-quality preachers from various traditions.
Practice of Ministry in Canada:
A ministry journal for the Canadian context.
Homily Service: A monthly resource for those who use and study the church's
lectionary (both RC and RCL) such as clergy, seminarians and study groups.
Subscription magazine with some free resources.
The liturgical year
for electronic calendars: E-Ordo
Belgium. La Charité. Calendrier
la vie des saints: (with graphics, frames and sound).
of Christian Historical Biographies:
of Holy Women (Peregrina):
Biblical Association. NAB Lectionary: (approved 10 Nov.1997).
Saint Index (T. Jones):
from the Revised Common Lectionary: A project of the Divinity Library,
a division of the Jean and Alexander Heard Library of Vanderbilt University.
for upcoming Sundays: Maintained by John Mark Ockerbloom, Ph.D. candidate
at Carnegie Mellon University.
* Sunday Scripture
Readings: Based on the Roman Catholic Lectionary. Links to other Catholic
Lectionary Dot Com: A lectionary
"site index" put up as a service by Theological Web Publishing Partners
and maintained by the Rev. J. Nichols Adams.
And Mission — UCC Electronic Library: Includes the full RCL texts —
including responsorial psalms with antiphons from The New Century Hymnal,
plus themes from the ecumenical lectionary-based “Inviting Word” curriculum.
Living The Liturgical Year:
Lectionary readings, symbols, icons, prayers and much more.
Worship Manual: For an article on worship dealing with some of the issues
around "what is worship"
the Just Word: Preaching the Just Word is a program to assist priests
and ministers in preaching social justice.
of Biblical Texts: A six-step methodology for increasing substantive
engagement with biblical texts from the Austin Presbyterian Theological
Seminary Biblical Department.
of St. John Chrysostom on Acts and Romans: Part of the Christian Classics
Ethereal Library, sponsored by Wheaton College, Wheaton IL. The library
includes 38 volumes of the early church fathers, including other volumes
of homilies by Chrysostom.
Rev. Richard J. Fairchild ministers at St. Andrew's United Church
in Golden, British Columbia.