The Word on the Web
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created by Gregory Heille, O.P.
Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, Missouri
| Catholic Lectionary--General
| Catholic Lectionary--Justice and Spanish
| Ecumenical and Revised Common Lectionary--English and Spanish
| Publications and Media
Gregory Heille, O.P., is Professor of Homiletics at Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, Missouri, where he currently serves as Academic Dean and Vice President. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No question about it, the world wide web is a boon to preachers--and perhaps especially to busy preachers on a budget. The challenge is finding sites that serve biblical interpretation, congregational and cultural analysis, and interaction with other preachers--without giving over to canned sermons or other (sometimes expensive) quick fixes. The following annotated list of preaching websites is by no means exhaustive. Yet, it can help serious preachers to sample several available resources and bookmark a few tried and true study resources on their computer.
A few tips for preaching preparation with the use of these resources could be the following:
--Print out the lectionary texts, using one of the sites for Catholic or the Revised Common Lectionary below.
--Before consulting printed or online Bible commentaries, take contemplative time to encounter the text in prayer and meditation. An excellent approach to this step, which can be done either individually or communally, is Lectio Divina. A website is offered below to introduce you to this ancient contemplative practice of meditating on the Word.
--Once you have prayerfully encountered the Word on your own terms, look for web resources that expose you to a range of biblical interpretation of the texts. Resources that offer a social-scientific study of the world behind the biblical texts, as well as resources exploring the social-cultural world in which we live in front of the texts, can be particularly helpful.
--Let your web study support and expand your contemplative insights and sense of direction. As you prepare to preach, remember you are not giving a Bible lecture or some stranger's sermon or interpretation of the texts--you are letting the text reveal itself in your pastoral dialogue with your people as Good News and Word of God.
--Be humble, and don't be afraid to talk about difficult subjects, and seek feedback from your people so that you can improve as a preacher.
--Remember, too, to keep an eye open for those few printed commentaries or resources that you might want to acquire for your personal library. More and more wonderful resources are being made available in biblical studies. There are also many wonderful books on preaching. Some of the best publishers in preaching are Abingdon, Chalice, Continuum, Eerdmans, Fortress, Liturgical, and Westminster John Knox.
A handful of sites are titled in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS as especially deserving of your initial attention.
The Internet Resources
- Enter the Bible - Here you wull find a wealth of resources to help you grow in your faith, add depth to your Bible studies and truly discover the people, places and events of the Bible. Think of Luther Seminary in St Paul MN as a guide, a helpful reference tool to accompany you in your reading of the Bible.
- LECTIO DIVINA - Contemplative reading of biblical texts using the Benedictine practice of Lectio Divina is an excellent beginning step for any preaching preparation. An introduction to Lectio is presented by Fr. Luke Dysinger, O.S.B., of Valyermo Abbey in California. The method presented here can be used individually or in a Bible study or preaching preparation group.
- New American Bible - The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops homepage offers the full text of the New American Bible, as well as the Roman Catholic lectionary texts for weekdays and Sundays.
- New Jerusalem Bible with Apocrypha - Thanks to Catholic Online, here is an online NJB.
- Scripture for All - This free interlinear bible and concordance software can be downloaded directly to a computer.
- ROMAN CATHOLIC LECTIONARY - The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops homepage offers the full text of the New American Bible as well as the Roman Catholic lectionary texts for weekdays and Sundays.
- Andrew M. Greeley Homilies - Each Sunday includes background and a story. The archive goes back to 1995.
- Biblia Clerus: Reading the Word of God with the Church. - This Vatican site from the Congregation for the Clergy offers scriptural interpretation in light of Sacred Tradition and the teachings of the Magisterium, with appropriate theological commentary and exegesis, by connecting to complete works of many Doctors of the Church, Councils, Encyclicals, teachings of the Popes, Catechisms, as well as commentaries from secular literature, etc. In English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish.
- Blue Collar Preacher - Edited by Fr Jim Schmitmeyer of Cincinnati, Blue Collar Preacher is a meeting place for preachers and listeners alike to draw connections between the world of work and the world of the Bible.
- Building on the Word - Fr. George M. Smiga of the Diocese of Cleveland has posted Sunday homilies and homilies for feasts and for children over the course of the three-year lectionary cycle at St. Noel Church in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. Despite their contingency to a particular setting, they are offered as a stimulus to homilists and to all who seek to reflect on God's Word.
- CENTER FOR LITURGY OF ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY - This resource is a comprehensive site designed for use by all members of the assembly in preparation for the Sunday liturgy. Site includes prayers in preparation for scripture reflection, reflections on the spirituality of the Sunday Mass, commentary on the readings including historical/cultural context and thoughts from early church writers, music ideas, and additional annotated links. An early-stage Spanish site also is included.
- Catholic Resources for Bible, Liturgy, Art, and Theology - This website by Felix Just, S.J., of the Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange CA contains a variety of materials, mostly related to biblical and liturgical studies, intended for scholars, teachers, students, pastors, believers, seekers, and others.
- Creighton University Daily Reflection - These reflections on the daily and Sunday readings are sponsored by the Collaborative Ministry Office of Creighton University and prepared by members of the university faculty and staff, lay and ordained.
- Daily Gospel - The daily gospel text with commentary is available online or by free email in Arabic, Dutch, English, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.
- Deacon Sil's Homiletic Resource Center - This page is designed by a Roman Catholic deacon with the hope that it could be a one-stop resource page for preachers of the Word of all denominations. Resources are listed according to the various texts of the day for either the Revised Common, Roman Catholic or Episcopal lectionaries. After a free thirty day trial period, there is a $40 annual membership fee.
- Homilies - Fr. Tommy Lane of the Diocese of Cloyne, Ireland, offers homilies for the current liturgical year and other years in the liturgical cycle. He also offers homilies for feast days, Holy Week, Triduum, and thematic homilies.
- Lectio Divina Approach to the Sunday Liturgy - This one-page weekly commentary is prepared by the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master, Staten Island, New York.
- Liturgy.com - A subscription service of Oregon Catholic Press at $129 for five subscribers, this is a comprehensive liturgy preparation resource for Sunday and special liturgies (daily version also available) with music suggestions, lectionary readings, sacramentary prayers, homilies, Scripture commentaries, general intercessions, pastoral articles, bulletin notes, Spanish resources, and more.
- PREACHER'S EXCHANGE - This site, also available by free email subscription, provides diverse spiritual reflections, insights, quotations, etc., for preaching from a Catholic perspective with a social justice and ecumenical focus. 'First Impressions: Sunday Scripture Reflections' by Jude Siciliano, O.P., the Promoter of Preaching of the Dominican Southern Province, provides thoughts and impressions on upcoming Sunday lectionary readings. 'Homilias Dominicales' provides Spanish-language reflections on Sunday lectionary readings by Dominican friars of the Southern Dominican Province (not a translation of 'First Impressions'). 'First Impressions: Volume Two' offers contributions and reflections made by subscribers to Preachers' Exchange--ordained, religious, and lay--providing a diverse source of insights and some exegetical information. 'Preachers' Exchange Articles' offers a listing of articles an the Sunday readings.
- R.B. Words - Within this site you will find the writings of Fr. Richard B. ('RB') Williams, O.P. RB has been preaching, preaching, teaching, and ministering for more than 30 years in the Southern Dominican Province.
- SANCHEZ ARCHIVES - This online archive of commentaries on the Roman Lectionary was composed by Patricia Datchuck S�nchez and previously published in the homiletic section of Celebration. These commentaries provide a scholarly but accessible study of the scriptures assigned to all Sundays and most major feasts for Years A, B, and C. The archive can be searched by year, season, or specific Sunday.
- Suggestions for Next Sunday's Liturgy - This is a simple Australian site.
- Sunday Reflections - This weekly blog is hosted by Mount St. Joseph Jesuit Novitiate, Bangalore, and is written by Freddie D'Silva, S.J., and Eugene Lobo. S.J.
- Sunday's Gospel Reflections - A project of the �ồng H�nh Christian Life Community, available also in a Vietnamese edition and by email
- The Practice of Jesus - This New Zealand site offers short background information on the three readings of the Sunday Liturgy. It has a reflection section at the end. Sections address comments, ideas, prayers, analysis, imagery, liturgy resources, justice issues, society and culture, economics, and the world.
- Today's Good News - A brief daily commentary by the Dominicans of Ireland is also available for cell phone.
- Torch - A homily for the upcoming Sunday is posted in advance. Archives date back to 1999 and are indexed by date and liturgical cycle. This site is put together by the English Dominican Province and is available also by email service.
Catholic Lectionary--Justice and Spanish
- CENTER FOR CONCERN SUNDAY REFLECTIONS - Edited by Fr. John Bucki, S.J., the site relates Sunday texts to Catholic Social Teaching.
- Catholic Homilies/Homilias Catolicas - This site, fully bilingual in English and Spanish, provides a table for the complete current liturgical year and many useful links.
- Peace Connections - Thomas L. Garlitz, the Director of the Peace and Social Justice Ministry of the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois, gives weekly reflections correlating the Sunday readings to issues of peace and justice.
- Predicacion - This Spanish language site of the Dominican friars in Spain includes La Palabra, dia a dia (The daily Word), commentaries on the sacred scriptures, homilies, links to other web sites, preaching resources for children's homilies, and prayers.
- Servicio Biblico Latinomericano - Emphasis is placed on community action and social justice in the context of Latin America. In addition to exegesis on the Gospel, this Brazilian site suggests points for reflection at the personal as well as community levels. It also gives suggestions for the prayers of the faithful. The site is given in Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian.
- The Girardian Lectionary - Weekly reflections on the Sunday lectionary through the interpretive lens of the cultural theories of Rene Girard.
Ecumenical and Revised Common Lectionary--English and Spanish
- Revised Common Lectionary - The online Revised Common Lectionary is a project of the Vanderbilt University Divinity Library.
- African American Lectionary - This online resource highlights the African American ecclesial traditions and moments that creatively express the joy, freedom, and the challenges of being both African American and Christian (e.g., Watch Night, African Heritage Sunday, Usher's Day, and Women's Day), while also drawing on the seasons of the liturgical year.
- Calvin Theological Seminary Center for Excellence in Preaching - In this comprehensive resource site for preachers, I particularly recommend the Faculty Statement on Excellence in Preaching.
- Commentaries on the Revised Common Lectionary - The Anglican Diocese of Montreal offers weekly readings from the Bible along with brief explanatory comments and background materials on the biblical books.
- Desperate Preacher's Site - This website of Rev. Dr. Douglas K. Showalter of the United Church of Christ is a page for exchanging and sharing ideas, experiences, and readings on sermons, preaching, and worship with other preachers.
- Homiletics Online - This is the subscription online service of Homiletics magazine
- Lectionary Bible Studies and Sermons - Bible studies and sermons are given for the Revised Common Lectionary, along with studies on theology, liturgy, and the Anglican church. Discussion questions are also provided.
- Lectionary Resources - Professor Bill Loader of the Uniting Church of Australia offers first thoughts on different passages from the Gospels in the Lectionary. These are not exegetical commentaries, although they include exegetical observations.
- Mennolink: Preaching and Teaching Resources - This Mennonite preaching page includes Bibles, translations, commentaries, and other helps.
- Otherwise Thinking - A blog by John McClure, Charles G. Finney Professor of Preaching and Worship at Vanderbilt University: available by email subscription.
- Sermon Central - This page boasts 140,000 free sermons, accessible by category, scripture, key word, topic, audience age, contributor, and denomination.
- Sermon Writer: Sermon Resources for Lectionary Preaching - This subscription site, which may be explored by guests, gives exegesis, sermons, true stories, thought provokers, and hymns.
- THE TEXT THIS WEEK - This ecumenical page includes links and general resources for each Sunday of the Revised Common Lectionary, including stories, movie connections, artwork, and reflections and questions to enhance prayer and study. Additional resources are included for the Roman Catholic, ELCA, and United Methodist lectionaries. This site now has partnered with ATLA, the American Association of Theological Libraries, to give key libary articles on the texts of the week.
- Working Preacher - Here is a preaching website by Luther Seminary (ELCA), St. Paul, Minnesota.
Publications and Media
- Catholic News Service - Though not a preaching resource, this service carries news pertaining to the Catholic Church and world at large, with links to Catholic resources.
- Dominican Life | USA - See the Preacher Resources link at this online news magazine of the Dominicans, the Order of Preachers.
- EVANGELII GAUDIUM - For a superb discussion of homiletic preaching and its preparation by a superbly pastoral preacher, read Pope Francis's apostolic exhortation of 2013, with particular attention to Chapter 3.
- Give Us This Day - This new, personal prayer periodical from Liturgical Press includes a practical approach to daily prayer, prayers and readings for daily Mass, daily Morning and Evening Prayer, and reflection on the Scriptures for each day.
- HOMILETIC - This is a freely accessible, peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the Academy of Homiletics.
- Lectionary Homiletics - This is the homepage of Lectionary Homiletics magazine.
- Living Pulpit - This online quarterly journal focuses thematically on issues in preaching. Past topics have included Hope, Faith, Love, Evil, Justice, Prayer, Anger, Jesus, Forgiving, Conflict, Community, Grace, Suffering, Life, Christmas, and Holy Spirit.
- Living with Christ - If you prefer to subscribe to a pocket-sized monthly missalette of daily and Sunday Scripture readings, a great number of people subscribe to Living with Christ, available in English or French. American subscribers receive a New American Bible. edition. A bigger than pocket-sized, large-print version also is available. To subscribe, go online and type Living with Christ into the search window, or call 800-387-7164. See also 'Magnificat.'
- Magnificat - Magnificat is a nother pocket-sized daily and Sunday prayer book available in English, Spanish, French, or Belgian. MagnifiKid is a missalette subscription service for children aged seven to twelve. Go online or call 877-632-9657. See also 'Living with Christ'
- PATHEOS - Founded in 2008, Patheos aspires to be the premier online destination to engage in the global dialogue about religion and spirituality and to explore and experience the world's beliefs.
- PREACH BY EAR - In two outstanding DVDs, Pastor David McClellan provides practical instruction to preachers seeking to communicate more naturally and comfortably
- PREACHING THE MYSTERY OF FAITH - Issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2013, this document on preaching is a sequel to the Bishops' 1981 "Fulfilled in Your Hearing."
- Pope Benedict XVI - The pope's homilies are posted at the Vatican homepage.
- Pope Francis - Here are Pope Francis' homilies as posted at the Vatican website.
- Pope John Paul II - The pope's homilies are posted at the Vatican homepage.
- Preaching Without Notes - An on-line companion to Joseph Webb's book on Preaching Without Notes, this homepage features several of Webb's essays, audio sermons preached without notes, and a free online ebook on How to Preach Your Own Sacred Stories.
- S.A.M.U.E.L. - The United Church of Christ offers this comprehensive resource site for worship, Bible study, and sermon preparation.
- THE WORD: A DAILY DOSE OF DOMINICAN PREACHING - The Word is a service of the Order of Preachers, offering audible daily reflections on the Christian scriptures. Preachers are drawn from the entire worldwide Dominican family of priests, brothers, sisters, and lay people. Reflections can also be podcasted.
- USCCB Homiletics Page - This page at the USCCB homepage is dedicated to homiletics and in the early stages of design.
- University of Notre Dame Marten Program in Homiletics and Liturgics "To All the World: Preaching and the New Evangelization" Conference (25-27 June 2014) - YouTube links are listed for all keynote addresses and workshops.
- Verbum Domini - The 2010 post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Benedict XVI, following upon the Synod on the Word of God
- Word on Fire - This is a webpage of Catholic evangelical preaching sponsored by Fr. Robert Barron, a theologian of Mundelein Seminary in Chicago.
- Academy of Homiletics - The Academy of Homiletics is the North American association for teachers of homiletics, holding an annual conference in December.
- Academy of Preachers - The Academy of Preachers is a new initiative in the Louisville area, underwritten by the Lilly Endowment, designed to identify, network, inspire, and support young people who sense a call to Christian preaching (students in high school, college, university, and seminary, roughly between the ages of 16 and 28).
- Aquinas Institute of Theology - Aquinas Institute of Theology, Saint Louis, Missouri, offers a summer Preaching Institute, a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry in Preaching, and a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching.
- Catechesis of the Good Shepherd - The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children. It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori.
- Catholic Association of Teachers of Homiletics (CATH) - CATH meets annually in December, in conjunction with the annual conference of the Academy of Homiletics.
- College of Preachers - The College of Preachers is an English network of preachers some experienced and some new to the task, ordained and lay, from different denomnations and traditions, drawn together by a shared belief that good preaching matters, who want to help each other fulfill their preaching ministry.
- Festival of Homiletics and Good Preacher - Here is the homepage of the annual Festival of Homiletics and its online journal, Good Preacher.
- Preaching the Just Word - Preaching the Just Word is a national program of the Woodstock Theological Center, conceived by Walter J. Burghardt, S.J., and coordinated by both Fr. Burghardt and Fr. Raymond B. Kemp.
- University of Notre Dame Marten Center for Preaching and Liturgics - he Marten Program sponsors lectures, conferences, courses and workshops for Catholic seminarians, lay ministry students, priests and deacons. Pay particular attention to annual June conferences on preaching at Notre Dame.
- Wabash Center Internet Guide: Preaching - This ecumenical compilation of links by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion is divided into the following categories: Syllabi and Teaching Resources, Electronic Texts, Electronic Journals, Web Sites, Bibliographies, and Listserv Discussion Groups.
Content by Gregory Heille, O.P., email@example.com
Last revised Wed Oct 8 10:30:55 US/Pacific 2014