The lectionary and the rest of the Bible

Mainline Protestant preachers often follow the Revised Standard Lectionary.  It gives them four Bible readings for every Sunday of the year.  It follows a three-year cycle, years A, B, and C.  There are many advantages to the lectionary.  It follows the church year.  It helps to keep preachers from preaching all the time from a narrow part of the Bible that may be a hobby-horse–or from not preaching from the Bible at all.

I have complained about the lectionary that it leaves out many parts of the Bible.  Now Timothy Matthew Slemmons has published Year D: A Quadrennial Supplement to the Revised Common Lectionary.  According to the editorial review at Amazon:

“‘Year D’ makes the case for the need and promise of supplementing the Revised Common Lectionary with a fourth year of lections and arranges many previously excluded biblical texts in an orderly, one-year preaching plan. It fills a need widely voiced by preachers that the lectionary effectively limits and censors the functional canon of Scripture.”

All I can say is Hurray!  I hope many take advantage of this.


About theoutwardquest

I have many interests, but will blog mostly about what I read in the fields of Bible and religion.
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