Monday, June 24, 2013

Not giving in to The Peter Principle.

Sorry. I can't help it. When Heaven Stands Open, LERW, Year B, is currently #10 on Amazon's list of Worship titles in Kindle format. #12, please note, is a title by a guy who until recently was pope.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The church sees a greater one-year increase in trust than all but one other institution

And (according to Gallup), that one is ... banks? That's weird. Still a four-point bump for the church is not insignificant.

[As a side-note, I'm not really into all the headline-grabbing hating-on-Congress thing, since the body is virtually always split along partisan lines, there is often a power split between the two houses, and whether or not your political home team has the greater leverage at any given moment, the media are always encouraging you to direct your hatred toward someone. In short, that Congress is "the most hated" is one of those things that seems to be pretty much constant. No news there.]

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Greater Attention (LERW-D) enters Amazon's airspace

Dear Year D Readers:

Greater Attention: Liturgical Elements for Reformed Worship, Year D, is now available for purchase on Amazon. This fourth volume in the LERW series (and the second to be released, with an official publication date of May 21, 2013) consists of the liturgical elements I have been posting (and reposting on a rotating basis) here since early 2010 or thereabouts to support the use of Year D texts in worship.

As is to be expected in the blog-to-book conversion process, one result of its availability in both print and e-book format (e-book will be available shortly) is that the material that has been freely available here for several years will now be taken down. For those of you who are currently using Year D from week to week, I will leave a few weeks' worth of material (and the occasional sample) up so as to allow for a reasonable shipping interval (which is of course immediate where e-book versions are concerned).

Many heartfelt thanks for your use of this liturgical material. Let me encourage you to add this latest volume to your worship resources, and keep spreading the word about Year D!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Discounts on Year D are available for bulk purchases

(BUMPED) By the way, a discount code is available for orders placed with the publisher on bulk purchases of 10 or more copies of Year D: A Quadrennial Supplement ...  If your lectionary study group, presbytery, conference, session, council, worship planning team, Sunday school class, reading group, or bookstore would like a discount on a large order, e-mail james (at) or tslemmons (at)

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Maybe this is why I find the big law bloggers so interesting

One way to look at the criminalization of everything is that the media and the culture (at least as viewed through the lens of science fiction and the libertarian law bloggers) seem to be catching up to theology where the doctrine of total depravity is concerned. (And you thought the church was so hopelessly behind the curve!)  

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

$9000 per speaker?

Gee, I don't know what those speakers at the IRS conferences were saying that made them so valuable, but I'd be willing to preach to the tax collectors the gospel of Jesus Christ — the best news of all! — for a lot less than that.