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100+ Web Sites for Preachers

By Richard J. Fairchild

Editor's note: 
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 web address to MLEditor@rpinet.com. If you find this material helpful, please consider subscribing to Ministry&Liturgy magazine

Webmaster's note: This article was prepared in late 1997 for publication in April 1998. Several of the links in this article are now dead. we have removed the links for such cases as of March 2001, but have left in the reference. Using the reference with one of the web search engines may get you a current link. If people want to contact us to correct the links, please e-mail corrections to the ML editor at MLEditor@rpinet.com.

* 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 perspective.
The Sermon Experience: A page by The Rev. Chuck Smoot, pastor of Miller Chapel A.M.E. Church in University Park, IL.
Sermon Index: Textually indexed sermons from Loveland Protestant Reformed Church (The Rev. G. Van Baren).
Sermon Central: 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 and authors.
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.
Sermons 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, MA.
Sermons 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 Church.
Sermons From Garrett First Baptist: Scripturally indexed sermon site by The Rev. Arthur G. Ferry.
Resource Pages 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.
Episcopal (unofficial) Preaching Resource Page: Prepared by Jonathon Jensen — this is another "site index".
The 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. 
* Preaching: Dominican site with links to sermon collections and preaching information.
* Lift Up Your Hearts: Lectionary-based worship information. Some Roman Catholic information.

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.
First Baptist Church Sermons:: A page by Pastor David Russell in Arthur, IL. Generally a new offering posted by Friday evening.
From 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 translation available.
Latimer 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.
Lectionary Sermons of Pastor Wes Jenks: A sermon page from Bluff Point UMC.
Liturgies Online: Complete liturgical materials in advance as prepared by the Rev. Dr. Moira Laidlaw, a retired minister of the Uniting Church in Australia.
The McGregor Page: A lectionary-based resource designed to provide a brief commentary and sermon-starting ideas for preachers. Written by United Methodist pastor Roland. 
Parish of Eaton — Sermons: A page from the Rev. Janice Scott in the parish of Eaton, England.
Recent 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.
St. 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 McKenna (Anglican).
Sermon Library: A collection of mostly lectionary sermons (some non-lectionary series posted) by the Rev. David Leininger. David also maintains a very useful Sermon Library Archive page.
Sermon Seeds: Lectionary-based sermon seeds from the United Church of Christ site. 
Resources For Pastors & Teachers: Contains original scripturally indexed sermons by Greg Munro, assistant minister at Willoughby Anglican Church.
Sermon 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. Bruce Goettsche.
Sermon/Worship Services 1997: The archive and current/advance sermon and worship service page of the Rev. Mark Haverland of Polk City United Methodist Church.
Sermons 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.
Sermons From 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 in style. 
Sermons From 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 study group. 
Sunday 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 week. Recommended.
Worship that Works: Selected Sermons: Lectionary-based resource sponsored by the Episcopal Church Center.

Current sermons

Recent 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.
Sermon Ideas 4U: Lectionary-based sermons by the Rev. Beth Johnston (United Church of Canada).
Sunday 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. 
Sermons From Chalmer's United Church: A sermon archive site indexed by lectionary date by the Rev. Wayne Hilliker of the UCC. 
Sermons 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.
* Essays and Homilies from Fr. Charlie.
* Father Sandell — Homilies: Homilies by Fr. John Sandell of the Fargo, ND diocese.
Sermon Archives: 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. 
The Sermon Mall: Good sermons and other resources, covering the coming lection preaching dates. 
Homily Hints: Homily Hints are sermons integrating recent events with the three prescribed Sunday readings; aimed at stimulating the thoughts of the preacher.

Illustrations

Chris' Inspirational Stories & Poems: A site by Chris P. Cash, a traveling youth retreat worker.
Tim Zingale's Sermon Illustrations: Although not sermons (primarily), these offerings are well "in advance" and related to the Lutheran form of the Revised Common Lectionary. 
* Daily Scripture Readings & Meditations: Meditations are written by Don Schwager (Roman Catholic).
Fresh Sermon Illustrations: A well-presented source of illustrations by Dr. L. E. Brown, Jr. (Evangelical).
Illustrations: A fair collection of illustrations listed by category by members of Baptist Bible Fellowship International.
Ilustrations From the Bible Studies Foundation: Indexed by alphabet first, then by theme and title.
EcuLaugh: Good clean humour from Ecunet — may be useful as illustrations — or simply to lighten your own day.
The Gray Bucket — Children's Sermons: Snappy children's stories for worship from Pastor V. Howard Campbell.
Peaceful 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 for sermons.
Sermons, Stories, and Illustrations: A resource for those who love preaching, presented by the preachers of the Baptist Bible Fellowship International.
Preachers' 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 sermonshop-request@ecunet.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 listserver@iscn.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”.
PROPER 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 PROPERTALK-request@dragon.com. 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. 
Preaching Magazine: Subscription magazine with some free resources.

Calendars 

The liturgical year for electronic calendars: E-Ordo
Belgium. La Charité. Calendrier la vie des saints: (with graphics, frames and sound).
Calendar Land:
Calendar of Christian Historical Biographies:
Calendar of Holy Women (Peregrina):
Catholic Biblical Association. NAB Lectionary: (approved 10 Nov.1997).
The Catholic Calendar:
Patron Saint Index (T. Jones):

Lectionaries

Readings from the Revised Common Lectionary: A project of the Divinity Library, a division of the Jean and Alexander Heard Library of Vanderbilt University. 
*Readings 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 sites.
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.
SAMUEL: Scripture 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.

Miscellaneous

Worship Manual: For an article on worship dealing with some of the issues around "what is worship"
* Preaching the Just Word: Preaching the Just Word is a program to assist priests and ministers in preaching social justice.
The Interpretation of Biblical Texts: A six-step methodology for increasing substantive engagement with biblical texts from the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Biblical Department. 
Homilies 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.
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Rev. Richard J. Fairchild ministers at St. Andrew's United Church in Golden, British Columbia.


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