In each of Sunday's assigned lectionary readings -- The First, Second, and Gospel lessons -- we are invited to view the glorious narrative of scripture through three different, yet harmonious, perspectives. In the first reading, the congregation returns to the heritage of our faith as described in the Old Testament, as well as in the New Testament book of Acts. We travel with the children of Israel as they take their first steps in faith, reliving the highs and lows of that journey with them. Through studying this part of scripture, we can see our own journey of faith played out by an entire nation.
As part of the Sermons on the First Readings, Series III, Cycle A series, "Show-and-Tell" guides us through some of the earliest accounts in the Bible in Genesis and Exodus, as well as the prophetic words of Isaiah and Ezekiel. During the Easter season, the first readings also explore the beginnings of Christianity as recounted in Acts. By taking us back to the beginning, Dr. Everett offers insight and encouragement into how we can live out our faith today.
This collection of sermons is a valuable resource for:
* Sermon starters and illuminating illustrations
* Gaining a new homiletical perspective to the lectionary
* Offering a newer, deeper understanding and appreciation of scripture
* Using as a starter for adult Bible study groups or personal devotions
This insightful collection of sermons includes:
Will This Be on the Test?
A Breath of Fresh Air
Stuck in Park
... and many more
Dr. Tony Everett is the Dewey F. Beam Professor of Pastoral Care at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. He has served parishes in Massachusetts, Ohio, and South Carolina, as well as serving as the director of a community mental health agency in New York. He has written two previous books for CSS: "Where Is God in All This?" Cycle C, First Lesson texts for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany and "Did You See That Gorilla?" Cycle A, First Lesson texts for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. Dr. Everett has contributed pastoral care articles for the "Clergy" journal and daily devotionals for "Christ in Our Home." He is married to Judy and together they have three adult children and five grandchildren.