The Rev. Frederick Buechner

Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA) (PCUSA)
Organization: Frederick Buechner Center

 

Frederick Buechner (pronounced BEEK-ner) is an American writer and theologian. He is the author of more than thirty published books and has been an important source of inspiration and learning for many readers. His work encompasses many genres, including fiction, autobiography, essays, sermons, and other nonfiction. Buechner's books have been translated into 27 languages for publication around the world. Buechner's writing has often been praised for its ability to inspire readers to see the grace in their daily lives. 

Buechner has been called "major talent" by the New York Times, and "one of our most original storytellers" by USA Today. Annie Dillard (Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek) says: "Frederick Buechner is one of our finest writers."  As stated in the London Free Press, "He is one of our great novelists because he is one of our finest religious writers." He has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and has been awarded eight honorary degrees from such institutions as Yale University and the Virginia Theological Seminary. In addition, Buechner has been the recipient of the O. Henry Award, the Rosenthal Award, the Christianity and Literature Belles Lettres Prize, and has been recognized by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

The Buechner Institute, inaugurated in 2008 at King College, is dedicated to the work and example of Frederick Buechner, exploring the intersections and collisions of faith and culture that define our times. 

Additional information about Mr. Buechner may be found on his Wikipedia page.

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About the Frederick Buechner Center

The Frederick Buechner Center was established to share the works of Christian author Frederick Buechner with communities around the world. All after-tax net profits of the Frederick Buechner Center website are donated for educational and charitable purposes including the Home of Little Wanderers, the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, the Vermont Foodbank, theSalvation Army, and ChildFund.  Frederick Buechner, the Frederick Buechner Center, and his family have given over $1 Million to a variety of charities.

 

Articles by The Rev. Frederick Buechner

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Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: The Kingdom of God (Mark 1:1-15)

Monday November 30, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday, we will celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent. Here is this week's reading from Mark 1:1-15

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Mark (Mark 13:24-37)

Monday November 23, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday, we will celebrate the First Sunday of Advent. Here is this week's reading from Mark 13:24-37...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: The Sheep from the Goats (Matthew 25:31-46)

Monday November 16, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick  Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday, we will celebrate the Reign of Christ. Here is this week's reading from Matthew 25:31-46...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Deborah (Judges 4:1-7)

Monday November 09, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday, we will celebrate the Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost. Here is this week's reading from Judges 4:1-7...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Once Upon a Time Is Our Time (Matthew 25:1-13)

Monday November 02, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday, we will celebrate the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost. Here is this week's reading from Matthew 25:1-13...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Joshua (Joshua 3:7)

Monday October 26, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday, we will celebrate the Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost. Here is this week's reading from Joshua 3:7....

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: We All Must Live in Faith (Deuteronomy 34:1-5)

Monday October 19, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday, we will celebrate the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost. Here is this week's reading from Deuteronomy 34:1-5...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Render Unto Caesar (Matthew 22:15-22)

Monday October 12, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday, we will celebrate the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost. Here is this week's reading from Matthew 22:15-22

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Aaron (Exodus 32:1-4)

Monday October 05, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday, we will celebrate the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Here is this week's reading from Exodus 32:1-4

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Press On (Philippians 3:4b-14)

Monday September 28, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday, we will celebrate the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.  Here is this week's reading from Philippians 3:4b-14

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: God's Prayer (Psalm 25:1-7)

Monday September 21, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday, we will celebrate the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.  Here is this week's reading from Psalm 25:1-7

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration - Parable (Matthew 20:1-16)

Monday September 14, 2020
In our blog post every Monday, we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Here is a reading from Matthew 20:1-16...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Holy Cross - God So Loved the World - John 3:13-16

Tuesday September 08, 2020
Here is a Frederick Buechner reading for Holy Cross Day, September 14, based on John 3:13-16....

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: A Path from God - Exodus 14:19-30

Monday September 07, 2020
Every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Here is a reading from Exodus 14:19-30....

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: See Our Neighbors (Romans 13:8-10)

Monday August 31, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.  Here is this week's reading from Romans 13:8-10...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Jesus Saves (Matthew 16:24-25)

Monday August 24, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost.  Here is this week's reading from Matthew 16:24-2...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: The Way He Carries Me

Monday August 17, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.  Here is this week's reading from Psalm 138:3...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Beautiful and Terrible Things

Monday August 10, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.  Here is this week's reading from Romans 11:32...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Joseph and His Brothers (Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28)

Monday August 03, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost. Here is this week's reading from Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: "Gospel as Comedy" (Matthew 14:13-21)

Monday July 27, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost. Here is this week's reading from Matthew 14:13-21...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: God's Love (Romans 8:26-39)

Monday July 20, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost. Here is this week's reading from Romans 8:26-39...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Jacob (Genesis 28:10-17)

Monday July 13, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost. Here is this week's reading from Genesis 28:10-17....

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Praise (Psalm 65:1-2, 148:1-4)

Tuesday July 07, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the  Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.  Here are readings from Psalms 65:1-2, 148:1-4....

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Remember Me Not for the Ill I've Done

Monday June 29, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.  Here is this week’s reading from Romans 7:15-25a...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Abraham (Genesis 22:1-14)

Monday June 22, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the fourth Sunday after Pentecost. Here is this week’s reading from Genesis 22:1-14...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: A Sprig of Hope

Monday June 15, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the third Sunday after Pentecost. Here is this week’s reading from Genesis 6:9-22; 7:24; 8:14-19...

Frederick Buechner's Sermon Illustration: Neurotic Anxiety (Matthew 6:24-34)

Monday June 08, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost. Here is this week’s reading from Matthew 6:24-34...

Frederick Buechner's Sermon Illustration - Trinity Sunday: Creation

Monday June 01, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate Trinity Sunday.  Here is this week’s reading from Genesis 1:1-12...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration for Pentecost Sunday: Prophet

Monday May 25, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Day of Pentecost. Here is this week’s reading from Numbers 11:24-29...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Anxiety

Monday May 18, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Seventh Sunday of Easter. Here is this week’s reading, 1 Peter 5:7...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: To Suffer in Love

Monday May 11, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the  Revised Common Lectionary  for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Sixth Sunday of Easter. Here is this week’s reading from 1 Peter 3:13-17...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: What It Means to Be a Christian

Monday May 04, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the  Revised Common Lectionary  for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Easter. Here is this week’s reading from John 14:6...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Clown in the Belfry

Monday April 27, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter. Here is this week’s reading from Psalm 23...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Giving Thanks

Monday April 20, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Third Sunday of Easter. Here is this week’s reading from Psalm 116:12...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: The Resurrection (Acts 2:14a, 22-32)

Monday April 13, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter. Here is this week’s reading from Acts 2:14a, 22-32...

Frederick Buechner on Good Friday

Friday April 10, 2020
On April 10, 2020 we observe Good Friday. Here is a reading by Frederick Buechner on John 19:28-30...

Frederick Buechner on Maundy Thursday: The Lord's Supper

Thursday April 09, 2020
On April 9, 2020 we celebrate Maundy Thursday. Here is a reading from Frederick Buechner on 1 Corinthians 11:23-26...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration on Easter (Matthew 28:1-10)

Monday April 06, 2020
Next Sunday we will celebrate Easter Sunday. Here is an excerpt from Frederick Buechner on this week’s reading from Matthew 28:1-10...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration for Palm Sunday: Judas

Monday March 30, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate Palm Sunday. Here is this week’s reading from Matthew 26:14-16...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Lazarus

Monday March 23, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Fifth Sunday in Lent. Here is this week’s reading from John 11:1-45...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Darkness

Monday March 16, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Fourth Sunday in Lent. Here is this week’s reading from the book of Ephesians 5:8-10.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration - Hope That Brings Us Here (Lent 3)

Monday March 09, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the 3rd Sunday in Lent. Here is this week’s reading from Romans 5:1-5...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Second Sunday in Lent: Eternal Life

Monday March 02, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Second Sunday in Lent. Here is this week’s reading from John 3:13-17...

Frederick Buechner: Ash Wednesday: Denouncer of Piety

Wednesday February 26, 2020
For special days in the Christian calendar, we post an additional reading from the Revised Common Lectionary and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Today we mark Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent with a reading from Matthew 6:1-5...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration - First Sunday in Lent: Eve

Monday February 24, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the First Sunday in Lent. Here is this week's reading from Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration - Transfiguration Sunday: Moses

Monday February 17, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next time we will celebrate Transfiguration Sunday. Here is this week’s reading from Exodus 24:12-18...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: God Speaking Through Us

Monday February 10, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany. Here is this week’s reading from 1 Corinthians 3:5-7...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: The Salt of the Earth

Monday February 03, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany. Here is this week’s reading from Matthew 5:13-14...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12)

Monday January 27, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany. Here is this week’s reading from Matthew 5:1-12...

Frederick Buechner's Weekly Sermon Illustration: Denominations

Monday January 20, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Third Sunday after Epiphany. Here is this week’s reading from 1 Corinthians 1:10....

Frederick Buechner's Weekly Sermon Illustration: He Will Strengthen You

Wednesday January 15, 2020
In our blog post every week we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Second Sunday after Epiphany. Here is this week’s reading from 1 Corinthians 1:1-9...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Lord of All

Monday January 06, 2020
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Here is his comment on Acts 10:34-36...

Frederick Buechner - Heaven - A Meditation for New Year's Day

Wednesday January 01, 2020
Today we celebrate New Year’s Day. Here is this week’s reading from Revelation 21:1-6a and an excerpt by Frederick Buechner...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration - Word

Monday December 30, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Second Sunday after Christmas. Here is this week’s reading from John 1:1-14...

Frederick Buechner: A Face in the Sky - Christmas Day

Tuesday December 24, 2019
The following Christmas day sermon, entitled “The Face in the Sky,” was originally delivered to Buechner’s students when he was Director of the Religion Department at Phillips Exeter Academy. Here it is for your enjoyment...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration - Herod the Great (1st Sunday after Christmas)

Monday December 23, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the First Sunday after Christmas. Here is this week’s reading from the gospel of Matthew...

Frederick Buechner's Weekly Sermon Illustration: Emmanuel

Monday December 16, 2019
The following Christmas article, entitled “Emmanuel,” was originally solicited then turned down by The New York Times Magazine for being “too theological.” Here it is for your enjoyment: "Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel" (which means, God with us). --Matthew 1:23...

Frederick Buechner's Weekly Sermon Illustration: Advent 3: Be Patient

Monday December 09, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Third Sunday in Advent. Here is this week’s reading from James 5:7-10

Frederick Buechner's Weekly Sermon Illustration: John the Baptist

Monday December 02, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Second Sunday in Advent. Here is this week’s reading from Matthew 3:1-12...

Frederick Buechner's Weekly Sermon Illustration: Advent

Monday November 25, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the First Sunday in Advent. Here is this week’s reading from Matthew 24:44...

Frederick Buechner's Weekly Sermon Illustration: Reign of Christ (Psalm 46)

Monday November 18, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Reign of Christ. This week's reading is Psalm 46:10a...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Do Not Be Weary

Monday November 11, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost. Here is this week’s reading from 2 Thessalonians...

Frederick Buechner's Weekly Sermon Illustration: God of the Living

Monday November 04, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost. Here is this week’s reading from the gospel of Luke...

Frederick Buechner's Weekly Sermon Illustration: Zacchaeus

Monday October 28, 2019
In our blog post every week we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost. Here is this week’s reading from Luke 19:1-10 on Zacchaeus...

Frederick Buechner's Weekly Sermon Illustration: Jeremiah

Thursday October 24, 2019
In our blog post every week we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. This Sunday we will celebrate the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost. Here is this week’s reading from Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22...

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Sharing Your Faith

Thursday September 19, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Humility

Wednesday July 03, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Justice

Wednesday July 03, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Run With Perseverence

Wednesday July 03, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Amos

Wednesday July 03, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Neighbor

Wednesday July 03, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Hands for the Harvest

Wednesday July 03, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: The Fruit of the Spirit

Wednesday July 03, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Female

Wednesday July 03, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Ahab, Naboth, and Jezebel

Monday July 01, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: You Do Not Need to Understand Healing to be Healed

Friday June 21, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Elijah

Thursday June 13, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: To Wait In Hope

Wednesday June 05, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Nickolet's Sermon Writing for Pentecost

Thursday May 30, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: The Jailer

Monday May 27, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Light

Friday May 17, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Bebb's Speech at Revonoc

Thursday May 09, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Disaster

Thursday May 02, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Peter

Thursday April 25, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: The Seeing Heart

Thursday April 18, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Special Sermon Illustration: Good Friday

Wednesday April 10, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Special Sermon Illustration: The Lord's Supper

Wednesday April 10, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Recognizing

Wednesday April 10, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: The Things That Make For Peace

Friday April 05, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Tears

Thursday March 28, 2019
In our blog post each Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Parables as Comedy

Thursday March 21, 2019
In our blog post each Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: My Ways Are Not Thy Ways

Thursday March 14, 2019
In our blog post each Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: The Power of God and the Power of Man

Monday March 11, 2019
In our blog post each Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Denouncer of Piety

Thursday February 28, 2019
For special days in the Christian calendar, we post an additional reading from the Revised Common Lectionary and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Lent

Thursday February 28, 2019
For special days in the Christian calendar, we post an additional reading from the Revised Common Lectionary and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Freedom

Thursday February 21, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Turn the Other Cheek

Monday February 11, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Tree

Monday February 11, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Vocation

Thursday January 31, 2019
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Agape

Thursday January 24, 2019
In our blog post each Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Body of Christ

Tuesday January 15, 2019
In our blog post each Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Wedding at Cana

Thursday January 10, 2019
In our blog post each Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Wise Man

Thursday January 03, 2019
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Fullness of Time

Thursday December 27, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Compassion

Thursday December 20, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Innkeeper

Thursday December 20, 2018
The following Christmas monologue comes from “The Birth”, one of Frederick Buechner’s sermons at the Philip Exeter School and published in Secrets in the Dark.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Sacrifice

Thursday December 06, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Trust

Thursday December 06, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Where Your Feet Take You, That Is Who You Are

Thursday November 29, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Waiting

Wednesday November 21, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Truth

Thursday November 15, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Covenant

Thursday November 08, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Ruth

Friday November 02, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Love

Thursday October 18, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Bartimaeus

Thursday October 18, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Job

Wednesday September 26, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Money

Tuesday September 25, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Like a Child

Thursday September 20, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Xerxes, Esther, Haman, and Mordecai

Thursday September 20, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Envy

Thursday September 13, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Riches

Tuesday August 28, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Wisdom

Tuesday August 28, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Pharisees

Thursday August 23, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Two Battles

Thursday August 16, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Bread

Thursday August 09, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Absalom

Thursday July 26, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Uriah the Hittite

Thursday July 05, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Healing

Thursday July 05, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Herod the Antipas

Thursday July 05, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Paul

Thursday June 28, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Jairus' Daughter

Thursday June 21, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: David and Goliath

Monday June 18, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Longing for Home

Thursday June 07, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Samuel

Thursday May 31, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Nicodemus

Thursday May 17, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Fire

Thursday May 10, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Law

Tuesday May 08, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Music

Monday April 30, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: The Ethiopian Eunuch

Thursday April 19, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Feed My Sheep

Thursday April 12, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Frederick Buechner Sermon Illustration: Messiah

Monday April 09, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Thomas

Thursday March 29, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Secret in the Dark

Thursday March 22, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Truth of Stories

Monday March 19, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Salvation

Monday March 12, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Grace

Sunday March 04, 2018

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Foolishness

Friday March 02, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick”¯Buechner”¯reading on the same topic. Next Sunday, we will celebrate the Third Sunday in Lent.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Not For Sale

Monday February 05, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick”¯Buechner”¯reading on the same topic. Next Sunday, we will celebrate the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Waiting for Christ

Monday January 29, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick”¯Buechner”¯reading on the same topic. Next Sunday, we will celebrate the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Law of Love

Monday January 22, 2018
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick”¯Buechner”¯reading on the same topic. Next Sunday, we will celebrate the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Shepherd

Monday December 18, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick”¯Buechner”¯reading on the same topic. Next Sunday, we will celebrate Christmas Eve.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Prayer

Monday December 11, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick”¯Buechner”¯reading on the same topic. Next Sunday, we will celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Kingdom of God

Monday December 04, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick”¯Buechner”¯reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Sheep from the Goats

Monday November 20, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick”¯Buechner”¯reading on the same topic. Next Sunday, we will celebrate the Reign of Christ.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Deborah

Monday November 13, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick”¯Buechner”¯reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Once Upon A Time Is Our Time

Monday November 06, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick”¯Buechner”¯reading on the same topic. Next Sunday, we will celebrate the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: We All Must Live In Faith

Monday October 23, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick”¯Buechner”¯reading on the same topic. Next Sunday, we will celebrate the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Render Unto Caesar

Monday October 16, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick”¯Buechner”¯reading on the same topic. Next Sunday, we will celebrate the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Parable

Monday September 18, 2017
In our blog post every Monday, we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Here is a reading from the gospel of Matthew:

Weekly Sermon Illustration: A Path From God

Monday September 11, 2017
In our blog post every Monday, we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Jesus Saves

Monday August 28, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the”¯Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick”¯Buechner”¯reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost.”¯

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Way He Carries Me

Monday August 21, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the”¯Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick”¯Buechner”¯reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.”¯

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Joseph and His Brothers

Friday August 11, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Jacob

Monday July 17, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the”¯Revised Common Lectionary”¯for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick”¯Buechner”¯reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Creation

Monday June 05, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the”¯Revised Common Lectionary”¯for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick”¯Buechner”¯reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate Trinity Sunday.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Prophet

Monday May 29, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the”¯Revised Common Lectionary”¯for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Day of Pentecost.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Anxiety

Monday May 22, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the”¯Revised Common Lectionary”¯for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Sixth Sunday of Easter.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: To Suffer in Love

Monday May 15, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the”¯Revised Common Lectionary”¯for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Sixth Sunday of Easter.

Humility

Friday May 12, 2017
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: What It Means To Be A Christian

Monday May 08, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the”¯Revised Common Lectionary”¯for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Easter.

Saints and Sinners Alike

Friday May 05, 2017
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Clown in the Belfry

Tuesday May 02, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter.

Principles

Friday April 28, 2017
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Giving Thanks

Monday April 24, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Third Sunday of Easter.

Communion of Saints

Friday April 21, 2017
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Resurrection

Monday April 17, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter.

Only One Life

Friday April 14, 2017
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Easter

Monday April 10, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

X

Friday April 07, 2017
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Judas

Monday April 03, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate Palm Sunday.

The Heart of It

Friday March 31, 2017
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Lazarus

Monday March 27, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Fifth Sunday in Lent.

The Power of Words

Thursday March 23, 2017
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Darkness

Monday March 20, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate The Fourth Sunday in Lent.

Risky and Holy

Friday March 17, 2017
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Like a Great Feast

Friday March 10, 2017
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Eternal Life

Monday March 06, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Second Sunday in Lent.

Trinity

Friday March 03, 2017
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Eve

Monday February 27, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the First Sunday in Lent.

Kingdom of God

Friday February 24, 2017
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Neurotic Anxiety

Monday February 20, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Eigth Sunday after Epiphany.

Vocation

Friday February 17, 2017
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Enemy

Monday February 13, 2017
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: God Speaking Through Us

Monday February 06, 2017
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Like a Shepherd

Friday February 03, 2017
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Salt of the Earth

Monday January 30, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany.

By Letting Go

Friday January 27, 2017
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Beatitudes

Monday January 23, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On January 29, 2017 we will celebrate the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany.

Unbelief

Friday January 20, 2017
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Denominations

Monday January 16, 2017
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On January 22, 2014 we will celebrate the Third Sunday after Epiphany.

Something Better and Truer

Friday January 13, 2017
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: He Will Strengthen You

Monday January 09, 2017
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

What Christ Meant

Friday January 06, 2017
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

So Hallowed

Friday December 30, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Silence of the Holy Place

Friday December 23, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Face in the Sky

Monday December 19, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On December 25, 2016 we will celebrate Christmas Day.

Greater Freedom

Friday December 16, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Emmanuel

Monday December 12, 2016
n our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On December 18, 2016 we will celebrate the Fourth Sunday in Advent.

Godric's View of Prayer

Friday December 09, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Be Patient

Monday December 05, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On December 11, 2016 we will celebrate the Third Sunday in Advent.

Beyond All Understanding

Friday December 02, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Advent

Monday November 28, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On November 28, 2016 we will celebrate the Second Sunday in Advent.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Advent

Monday November 21, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On November 21, 2016 we will celebrate the First Sunday in Advent.

Virtue

Friday November 18, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Be Still

Monday November 14, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On November 20, 2016 we will celebrate the Reign of Christ (Proper 29).

The Holy in the Commonplace

Friday November 11, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Do Not Be Weary

Monday November 07, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On November 13, 2016 we will celebrate the Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost.

Words

Friday November 04, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: God of the Living

Monday October 31, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On November 6, 2016 we will celebrate the Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Zaccheus

Tuesday October 25, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On October 30, 2016 we will celebrate the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost.

Out of the Silence

Friday October 21, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Jeremiah

Monday October 17, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On October 23, 2016 we will celebrate the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost.

To Go On Trying

Friday October 07, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: To Die With Him

Monday October 03, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On October 9, 2016 we will celebrate the Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost.

Eyes of Faith

Friday September 30, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Anger

Monday September 26, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On October 2, 2016 we will celebrate the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost.

Boredom

Friday September 23, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Righteousness

Monday September 19, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On September 25, 2016 we will celebrate the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

The Real Article

Friday September 16, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Every One of Us

Monday September 12, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On September 18, 2016 we will celebrate the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

God's Business

Friday September 09, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: One Lost Sheep

Monday September 05, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On September 11, 2016 we will celebrate the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: One Lost Sheep

Monday August 29, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On September 11, 2016 we will celebrate the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Humility

Monday August 22, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On August 28, 2016 we will celebrate the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

No Theological Axe

Friday August 19, 2016
Writing about writing.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Justice

Monday August 15, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On August 21, 2016 we will celebrate the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

A Healing

Friday August 12, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Run With Perseverance

Monday August 08, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Frederick Buechner at 90: The road goes on

Saturday August 06, 2016
Ministry is 'a business that breaks the heart for the sake of the heart,' the theologian said in a commencement address. The address is reprinted in a new book marking Buechner’s 90th birthday.

Preaching the Gospel

Friday August 05, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Just Beyond Our Grasp

Monday August 01, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On August 7, 2016 we will celebrate the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.

Under a Delusion

Friday July 29, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Hosea and Gomer

Monday July 25, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On July 31, 2016 we will celebrate the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.

Every Wedding a Dream

Friday July 22, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Ask For It

Monday July 18, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On July 24, 2016 we will celebrate the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Cripples All of Us

Friday July 15, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Amos

Monday July 11, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On July 17, 2016 we will celebrate the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost.

Grace

Friday July 08, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Neighbor

Tuesday July 05, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On July 10, 2016 we will celebrate the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.

Sunset

Friday July 01, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Hands for the Harvest

Monday June 27, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On July 3, 2016 we will celebrate the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Female

Monday June 13, 2016
n our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On June 19, 2016 we will celebrate the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Ahab, Naboth, and Jezebel

Monday June 06, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On June 12, 2016, we will celebrate the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.

Life is With

Friday June 03, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: You Do Not Need to Understand Healing to be Healed

Monday May 30, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On June 5, 2016 we will celebrate the Third Sunday after Pentecost. Here is this week'

This Way

Friday May 27, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Elijah

Monday May 23, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On May 29, 2016 we will celebrate the Second Sunday after Pentecost.

He Who Seeks, Finds

Friday May 20, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: To Wait In Hope

Monday May 16, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On May 22, 2016 we will celebrate Trinity Sunday.

Healing

Friday May 13, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Nicolet's Sermon Writing for Pentecost

Monday May 09, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On May 15, 2016 we will celebrate the Day of Pentecost.

Great Laughter

Friday May 06, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Help

Monday May 02, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On May 8, 2016 we will celebrate the Seventh Sunday of Easter.

Godric's Musing

Thursday April 28, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Light

Monday April 25, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On May 1, 2016 we will celebrate the Sixth Sunday of Easter.

Creation is Underway

Friday April 22, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Bebb's Speech at Revonoc

Monday April 18, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Woe To Us

Friday April 08, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Peter

Monday April 04, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On April 10, 2016 we will celebrate the Third Sunday of Easter.

No Such Thing as a Stranger

Friday April 01, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Seeing Heart

Monday March 28, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On April 3, 2016 we will celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter.

Homeless Like We Are

Friday March 25, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Recognizing

Monday March 21, 2016
In our blog post each Monday a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Things That Make For Peace

Monday March 14, 2016
In our blog post each Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On March 20, 2016 we will celebrate Palm Sunday.

The Stakes are Nowhere Higher

Friday March 11, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Tears

Monday March 07, 2016
In our blog post each Monday a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On March 13, 2016 we will celebrate the Fifth Sunday in Lent.

What Job Was Really After

Friday March 04, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Parables as Comedy

Monday February 29, 2016
In our blog post each Monday a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On March 6, 2016 we will celebrate the Fourth Sunday in Lent.

Searching For Home

Friday February 26, 2016
A few thoughts about writing...

Weekly Sermon Illustration: My Ways Are Not Thy Ways

Monday February 22, 2016
In our blog post each Monday a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On February 28, 2016 we will celebrate the Third Sunday in Lent.

Stories About Ourselves

Friday February 19, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Power of God and the Power of Man

Monday February 15, 2016
In our blog post each Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On February 21, 2016 we will celebrate the Second Sunday in Lent.

Seeking the Same Homeland

Friday February 12, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Lent

Monday February 08, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Freedom

Monday February 01, 2016
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On February 7, 2016 we will celebrate Transfiguration Sunday.

A Kind of Walking Westminster Abbey

Friday January 29, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Agape

Monday January 25, 2016
In our blog post each Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On January 31, 2016 we will celebrate the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany.

The Joy We Are So Apt to be Missing

Friday January 22, 2016
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Body of Christ

Monday January 18, 2016
In our blog post each Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On January 24, 2016 we will celebrate the Third Sunday after the Epiphany.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Wedding at Cana

Tuesday January 12, 2016
In our blog post each Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On January 17, 2016 we will celebrate the Second Sunday after the Epiphany.

Whenever We Are Made More Alive

Friday January 08, 2016
From the 25th chapter of Matthew.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Spirit

Monday January 04, 2016
In our blog post each Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On January 10, 2016 we will celebrate the Baptism of the Lord.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Fullness of Time

Monday December 28, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On January 3, 2016 we will celebrate the Second Sunday after Christmas Day.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Compassion

Monday December 21, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On December 27, 2015 we will celebrate the First Sunday after Christmas.

The Mystery

Friday December 18, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Sacrifice

Monday December 14, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Get Up!

Friday December 11, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Trust

Monday December 07, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On December 13, 2015 we will celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent.

My Homeward Search

Friday December 04, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Where Your Feet Take You, That Is Who You Are

Monday November 30, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Waiting

Monday November 23, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Jacob's Wrestle

Friday November 20, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Truth

Monday November 16, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

God of the Living

Friday November 13, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Covenant

Monday November 09, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Turn the Other Cheek

Friday November 06, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Ruth

Monday November 02, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On November 8, 2015 we will celebrate The Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost.

No Reason to Fear

Friday October 30, 2015
I found myself not only not afraid of what was going on, but enormously enjoying it, half drunk on the knowledge that yes, it was true. There was nothing to worry about.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Love

Monday October 26, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On November 1, 2015 we will celebrate The Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost.

What It's Like To Be Dead

Friday October 23, 2015
Buechner is imagining a conversation with his dead Grandmother Naya.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Bartimaeus

Monday October 19, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Remembering James Merrill

Friday October 16, 2015
Buechner and his Grandmother Naya remember James (Jimmy) Merrill.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Job

Monday October 12, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Jamie's Last Days

Friday October 09, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Money

Monday October 05, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Recognizing

Friday October 02, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Becoming Like A Child

Monday September 28, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Xerxes, Esther, Haman, and Mordecai

Tuesday September 22, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Envy

Monday September 14, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Wisdom

Monday September 07, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On September 13, 2015 we will celebrate The Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost.

They Tell It In Whispers

Friday September 04, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Riches

Monday August 31, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Its Own Worst Enemy

Friday August 28, 2015
"Buy this; it will kill you."

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Pharisees

Monday August 24, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

"What is Jesus doing in your life?"

Friday August 21, 2015
Buechner briefly describes the secular world we live in and a difference he found at Wheaton College.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Two Battles

Monday August 17, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On August 23, 2015 we will celebrate The Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost.

In Honor of Maya Angelou

Friday August 14, 2015
From an appearance on the Chicago Sunday Evening Club in 1992.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Bread

Monday August 10, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On August 16, 2015 we will celebrate The Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost.

Why Preach?

Friday August 07, 2015
An excerpt from a lecture on preaching at Princeton Theological Seminary’s Henderson Conference in 1986.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Absalom

Monday August 03, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On August 9, 2015 we will celebrate The Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Nathan

Monday July 27, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On August 2, 2015 we will celebrate The Tenth Sunday After Pentecost.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Uriah the Hittite

Monday July 20, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On July 26, 2015 we will celebrate The Ninth Sunday After Pentecost.

It's Not The Words You Remember

Friday July 17, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Healing

Monday July 13, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Most of the Time We're Looking Somewhere Else

Friday July 10, 2015
from a lecture at Princeton Theological Seminary’s Henderson Conference in 1986

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Herod Antipas

Monday July 06, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On July 12, 2015 we will celebrate The Seventh Sunday After Pentecost.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Paul

Monday June 29, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On July 5, 2015 we will celebrate The Sixth Sunday After Pentecost.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Jairus’s Daughter

Monday June 22, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On June 28, 2015 we will celebrate The Fifth Sunday After Pentecost.

The Experience of Grace

Friday June 19, 2015
from a lecture on preaching at Princeton Theological Seminary’s Henderson Conference in 1986

Weekly Sermon Illustration: David and Goliath

Monday June 15, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On June 21, 2015 we will celebrate The Fourth Sunday After Pentecost.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Longing for Home

Monday June 08, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On June 14, 2015 we will celebrate The Third Sunday After Pentecost.

Those Old Words

Friday June 05, 2015
Buechner on preaching

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Samuel

Monday June 01, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On June 7, 2015 we will celebrate The Second Sunday After Pentecost.

Imagination

Friday May 29, 2015
An excerpt from a lecture on preaching at Princeton Theological Seminary's Henderson Conference in 1986

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Nicodemus

Monday May 25, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On May 31, 2015 we will celebrate Trinity Sunday.

In Your Own True Voice

Friday May 22, 2015
This article is a portion of Buechner's commentary about preaching when he spoke at the Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College in April 2004.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Fire

Monday May 18, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On May 24, 2015 we will celebrate the Day of Pentecost.

It's An Adventure

Friday May 15, 2015
The following is Buechner's response to the question: "Where does the sermon begin for you?"

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Law

Monday May 11, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On May 17, 2015 we will celebrate the Seventh Sunday of Easter.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Music

Monday May 04, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Remember Whom To Thank

Friday May 01, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

Monday April 27, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Bearers of His Life

Friday April 24, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Feed My Sheep

Monday April 20, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

To Be A Saint

Friday April 17, 2015
To be a saint is to be human because we were created to be human.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Messiah

Monday April 13, 2015
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Thomas

Monday April 06, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On April 12, 2015 we will celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter.

Good Friday

Friday April 03, 2015
What was completed was at the very least a hope to live by, a mystery to hide our faces before, a shame to haunt us, a dream of holiness to help make bearable our night.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Secret in the Dark

Monday March 30, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On April 5, 2015 we will celebrate Easter Sunday.

And That Was The Sermon

Friday March 27, 2015
This article comes from a lecture on preaching that Buechner delivered at Princeton Theological Seminary's Henderson Conference in 1986.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Truth of Stories

Monday March 23, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On March 29, 2015 we will celebrate Palm Sunday.

Observance

Friday March 20, 2015
Be one on whom nothing is lost.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Salvation

Monday March 16, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we will select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On March 22, 2015 we will celebrate The Fifth Sunday in Lent.

Faith and Fiction

Friday March 13, 2015
You fashion your story, as you fashion your faith, out of the great hodgepodge of your life-the things that have happened to you and the things you have dreamed of happening.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Grace

Monday March 09, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we will select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On March 15, 2015 we will celebrate The Fourth Sunday in Lent.

Tell Them

Friday March 06, 2015
An excerpt from Buechner's novel "On the Road with the Archangel".

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Foolishness

Monday March 02, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we will select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On March 8, 2015 we will celebrate The Third Sunday in Lent.

A Far More Honest View

Friday February 27, 2015
A short excerpt from the novel "On the Road with the Archangel"

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Abraham, Sarah, and Laughter

Monday February 23, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we will select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On March 1, 2015 we will celebrate The Second Sunday in Lent.

To Wait For Christ

Friday February 20, 2015
To wait for Christ to come in his fullness is above all else to act in Christ's stead as fully as we know how.

Letting an Empty Place Open Up

Friday February 13, 2015
Rev. Buechner discusses part of his writing process.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Transfiguration

Monday February 09, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On February 15, 2015 we will celebrate Transfiguration Sunday.

"I hear you are entering the ministry..."

Friday January 30, 2015
...it was not an idea at all, neither my own or anyone else's. It was a lump in the throat...

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Law of Love

Monday January 26, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we will select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On February 1, 2015 we will celebrate the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany.

In Honor of Marcus Borg

Friday January 23, 2015
In this short video interview from 2003, Frederick Buechner quotes Marcus Borg and expresses his appreciation for his work.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Jonah

Monday January 19, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we will select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On January 25, 2015 we will celebrate the Third Sunday after the Epiphany.

Stories About Ourselves

Friday January 16, 2015
We really can't hear what the stories of the Bible are saying until we hear them as stories about ourselves.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Come and See

Monday January 12, 2015
On Sunday January 18 we will celebrate the Second Sunday after the Epiphany. The reading we have chosen this week is John 1:43-46.

We Have It In Us

Friday January 09, 2015
They meet as well as diverge, our stories and His, and even when they diverge, it is His they diverge from.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Baptism

Monday January 05, 2015
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On January 11, 2015 we will celebrate the Baptism of the Lord.

Let Jesus Show!

Monday December 29, 2014
This Christmas article was originally published in Secrets in the Dark.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Simeon

Monday December 22, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On December 28, 2014 we will celebrate the First Sunday after Christmas.

To Be A Saint

Friday December 19, 2014
Maybe more than anything else, to be a saint is to know joy.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Gabriel

Monday December 15, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On December 21, 2014 we will celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent.

The Kingdom of God

Friday December 12, 2014
The Kingdom of God is not a place, of course, but a condition.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Prayer

Monday December 08, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On December 14, 2014 we will celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Kingdom of God

Monday December 01, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On December 7, 2014 we will celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Mark

Monday November 24, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On November 30, 2014 we will celebrate the First Sunday of Advent.

No Room for Doubt?

Friday November 21, 2014
How could God reveal himself in a way that would leave no room for doubt?

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Sheep from the Goats

Monday November 17, 2014
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Deborah

Monday November 10, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On November 16, 2014 we will celebrate the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost.

The Magnificent Defeat

Friday November 07, 2014
Today we present Buechner's classic sermon "The Magnificent Defeat" which was originally published in the book The Magnificent Defeat and later in Secrets in the Dark.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Once Upon A Time Is Our Time

Monday November 03, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On November 9, 2014 we will celebrate the Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost.

Is It Madness?

Friday October 31, 2014
What if we could solve all the problems of the cosmos?

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Joshua

Monday October 27, 2014
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Thou

Friday October 24, 2014
That is where faith comes from.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: We All Must Live In Faith

Monday October 20, 2014
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Render Unto Caesar

Monday October 13, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On October 19, 2014 we will celebrate the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Life Has a Plot

Friday October 10, 2014
The following excerpts from Frederick Buechner and Rob Bell describe how they feel that life has a plot.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Aaron

Monday October 06, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On October 12, 2014 we will celebrate the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

The Lord's Prayer

Friday October 03, 2014
Buechner's reflection on our most commonly used prayer.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Press On

Monday September 29, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On October 5, 2014 we will celebrate the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Godric's Prayer

Monday September 22, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On September 28, 2014 we will celebrate the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Growing Your Faith By Paying Attention

Friday September 19, 2014
Maybe it is all utterly meaningless. Maybe it is all unutterably meaningful. If you want to know which, pay attention.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Parable

Monday September 15, 2014
In our article every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On September 21, 2014 we will celebrate the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: A Path From God

Monday September 08, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On September 14, 2014 we will celebrate the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Try Reading the Bible

Thursday September 04, 2014
in a foreign language...

Weekly Sermon Illustration: See Our Neighbors

Monday September 01, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On September 7, 2014 we will celebrate the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Press On

Friday August 29, 2014
All the absurd little meetings, decisions, inner skirmishes that go to make up our days. It all adds up to very little, and yet it all adds up to very much.

Weekly Sermon Illustrations: Jesus Saves

Monday August 25, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On August 31, 2014 we will celebrate the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.

Home is Christ's Kingdom

Friday August 22, 2014
Here are the concluding three paragraphs from Buechner's sermon "The Longing for Home."

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Way He Carries Me

Monday August 18, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On August 24, 2014 we will celebrate the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Beautiful and Terrible Things

Monday August 11, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On August 17, 2014 we will celebrate the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost.

The Seeing Heart

Friday August 08, 2014
Frederick Buechner's sermon called "The Seeing Heart" from Secrets in the Dark

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Joseph and His Brothers

Monday August 04, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On August 10, 2014 we will celebrate the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Gospel as Comedy

Monday July 28, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On August 3, 2014 we will celebrate the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: God's Love

Monday July 21, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On July 27, 2014 we will celebrate the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.

Sacred Stories: The Man in the Gray Slacks

Friday July 18, 2014
In this video, Frederick Buechner gives a speech at Trinity Church in New York, NY in 1990. In it he describes the story of his father's suicide and how it affected his life.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Jacob

Monday July 14, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On July 20, 2014 we will celebrate the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Praise

Monday July 07, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On July 13, 2014 we will celebrate the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.

The Miracle We Get

Friday July 04, 2014
We all want to be certain, we all want proof...

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Remember Me Not For the Ill I've Done...

Monday June 30, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On July 6, 2014 we will celebrate the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.

An Exeter Student in Each Of Us

Friday June 13, 2014
Today's article is an excerpt from Secrets in the Dark.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Creation

Monday June 09, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On June 15, 2014 we will celebrate Trinity Sunday.

What We Need to Know

Friday June 06, 2014
The miracle we are really after is the miracle we really get.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Prophet

Monday June 02, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On June 8, 2014 we will celebrate the Day of Pentecost.

The Laughter Barrel

Friday May 30, 2014
This chapter from Buechner's book The Yellow Leaves describes his relationship with the late Maya Angelou.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Anxiety

Monday May 26, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On June 1, 2014 we will celebrate the Seventh Sunday of Easter.

Forgiveness

Friday May 23, 2014
What Jesus apparently is saying is that the pride that keeps us from forgiving is the same pride that keeps us from accepting forgiveness, and will God please help us do something about it.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: To Suffer in Love

Monday May 19, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On May 25, 2014 we will celebrate the Sixth Sunday of Easter.

Trinity

Friday May 16, 2014
The much maligned doctrine of the Trinity is an assertion that, appearances to the contrary notwithstanding, there is only one God.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: What It Means to be a Christian

Monday May 12, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On May 18, 2014 we will celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Easter.

Chance Things

Friday May 09, 2014
The question is not whether the things that happen to you are chance things or God's things because, of course, they are both at once. There is no chance thing through which God cannot speak...

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Clown in the Belfry

Monday May 05, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On May 11, 2014 we will celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter.

We Search...

Thursday May 01, 2014
we search to believe in something holy and beautify and life-transcending that will give meaning and purpose to the lives we live

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Recognizing

Monday April 28, 2014
In our blog post each Monday a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On May 4, 2014 we will celebrate The Third Sunday of Easter.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Resurrection

Monday April 21, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On April 27, 2014 we will celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter.

Good Friday

Friday April 18, 2014
A Good Friday reflection.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: They Tell It In Whispers

Monday April 14, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On April 20, 2014 we will celebrate Easter Sunday.

Even Though We Don't Recognize Him

Friday April 11, 2014
In this dark world where you and I see so little because of our unrecognizing eyes, he, whose eye is on the sparrow, sees each one of us as the child in red.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Judas

Monday April 07, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On April 13, 2014 we will celebrate Palm Sunday.

Buechner on Preaching - An Audio Recording

Friday April 04, 2014
In this audio interview Frederick Buechner discusses preaching and delivers the sermon "What Are We Going To Be?"

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Lazarus

Monday March 31, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On April 6, 2014 we will celebrate The Fifth Sunday in Lent.

Hope

Friday March 28, 2014
I could give only one word... the word I would give is hope...

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Darkness

Monday March 24, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On March 30, 2014 we will celebrate The Fourth Sunday in Lent.

Introduction to The Sacred Journey

Friday March 21, 2014
This article is the introduction to Buechner's first memoir "The Sacred Journey" which was published in 1982.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Hope That Brings Us Here

Monday March 17, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On March 23, 2014 we will celebrate The Third Sunday in Lent.

The Road Goes On

Friday March 14, 2014
Buechner’s commencement address at the Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA; published in “A Room Called Remember”

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Eternal Life

Monday March 10, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On March 16, 2014 we will celebrate The Second Sunday in Lent.

Aging

Friday March 07, 2014
This reading by Frederick Buechner from Whistling in the Dark was delivered on the Chicago Sunday Evening Club TV program.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Eve

Monday March 03, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On March 9, 2014 we will celebrate The First Sunday in Lent.

Ruth

Friday February 28, 2014
This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Frederick Buechner.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Moses

Monday February 24, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On March 2, 2014 we will celebrate Transfiguration Sunday.

Buy This; It Can Kill You

Friday February 21, 2014
The following is an excerpt from a sermon entitled "Faith" that originally was published in A Room Called Remember and later in Secrets in the Dark.

Sex

Friday February 14, 2014
Contrary to Mrs. Grundy, sex is not sin. Contrary to Hugh Hefner, it's not salvation either. Like nitroglycerin, it can be used either to blow up bridges or heal hearts.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: God Speaking Through Us

Monday February 10, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On February 16, 2014 we will celebrate the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany.

Telling the Truth in Iowa

Friday February 07, 2014
In this video recording, Frederick Buechner describes his delivery of the Beecher Lectures at Yale University, which became his book Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Salt of the Earth

Monday February 03, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On February 9, 2014 we will celebrate the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany.

The Bible Without Tears

Friday January 24, 2014
Some practical suggestions on how to read the Bible without tears. Or maybe with them.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Denominations

Monday January 20, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On January 26, 2014 we will celebrate the Third Sunday after Epiphany.

Onan

Friday January 17, 2014
Onanism has become a euphemism for masturbation, and the punishment Onan received has been interpreted as meaning that God is, to say the least, against it.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: He Will Strengthen You

Monday January 13, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On January 19, 2014 we will celebrate the Second Sunday after Epiphany.

Play

Friday January 10, 2014
They are just playing, that's all. They are letting themselves go and having a marvelous time at it.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Lord of ALL

Monday January 06, 2014
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On January 12, 2014 we will celebrate the First Sunday after Epiphany.

Literature and Life - A Lecture by Frederick Buechner

Friday January 03, 2014
In this audio recording, Buechner delivers a lecture at the Bangor Theological Seminary, entitled "Literature and Life".

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Word

Monday December 30, 2013
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On January 5, 2014 we will celebrate the Second Sunday after Christmas.

The Shepherd

Friday December 27, 2013
The Shepherd is an excerpt from "The Birth", which was first published in The Magnificent Defeat and later in Secrets in the Dark.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Herod the Great

Tuesday December 24, 2013
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On December 29, 2013 we will celebrate the First Sunday after Christmas.

Are You Going Home for Christmas?

Friday December 20, 2013
Please enjoy these excerpts from Buechner's sermon "The Longing for Home."

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Emmanuel

Monday December 16, 2013
The following Christmas article, entitled "Emmanuel," was originally solicited then turned down by The New York Times Magazine for being "too theological." The article was originally published in "A Room Called Remember" and later in "Secrets in the Dark".

Christmas - a video reflection

Friday December 13, 2013
This video recorded reading by Frederick Buechner was delivered on the Chicago Sunday Evening Club TV program.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Be Patient

Monday December 09, 2013
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On December 15, 2013 we will celebrate the Third Sunday in Advent.

"Let Jesus Show"

Friday December 06, 2013
In this short interview clip Buechner relates the story of a little girl at a Christmas pageant. The story was part of a sermon entitled "Let Jesus Show" which was published in Secrets in the Dark.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: John the Baptist

Monday December 02, 2013
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On December 8, 2013 we will celebrate the Second Sunday in Advent.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Advent

Monday November 25, 2013
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On December 1, 2013 we will celebrate the First Sunday in Advent.

Jesus' Stories Are Our Stories

Friday November 15, 2013
The stories that Jesus tells are about us. Once upon a time is our time, in other words.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Press On

Monday November 11, 2013
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On November 17, 2013 we will celebrate the Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost.

Agnostic

Friday November 08, 2013
An agnostic is somebody who doesn't know for sure whether there really is a God. That is some people all of the time and all people some of the time.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: God of the Living

Monday November 04, 2013
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On November 10, 2013 we will celebrate the Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost.

Comedy

Friday November 01, 2013
The laughter of faith - the divine comedy.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Zaccheus

Monday October 28, 2013
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On November 3, 2013 we will celebrate the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost.

The Stewardship of Pain - CSEC sermon

Friday October 25, 2013
This sermon by Frederick Buechner was first aired on the Chicago Sunday Evening Club TV program on 1/27/91.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Jeremiah

Monday October 21, 2013
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On October 27, 2013 we will celebrate the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost.

Superstition

Friday October 18, 2013
Things are seldom what they seem...

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Jacob’s Wrestle

Monday October 14, 2013
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On October 20, 2013 we will celebrate the Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost.

Brothers

Friday October 11, 2013
Who can remain unmoved by the thought of how the world might be if we only managed things right?

Weekly Sermon Illustration: To Die With Him

Monday October 07, 2013
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On October 13, 2013 we will celebrate the Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost.

The Communion of Saints

Friday October 04, 2013
We are the communion of saints...

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Anger

Monday September 30, 2013
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Wishful Thinking

Friday September 20, 2013
Sometimes the truth is what sets us wishing for it.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Every One of Us

Tuesday September 17, 2013
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On September 22, 2013 we will celebrate the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Video Presentation: "What It Means To Grow Up"

Friday September 13, 2013
This sermon by Frederick Buechner was delivered on the Chicago Sunday Evening Club TV program.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: One Lost Sheep

Monday September 09, 2013
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On September 15, 2013 we will celebrate the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Creation

Friday September 06, 2013
This article on creation was originally published in Wishful Thinking and later in Beyond Words.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Sharing Your Faith

Monday September 02, 2013
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On September 8, 2013 we will celebrate the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Apologists

Friday August 30, 2013
Defending the faith...

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Humility

Monday August 26, 2013
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On September 1, 2013 we will celebrate the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Justice

Monday August 19, 2013
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On August 25, 2013 we will celebrate the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Eternity

Friday August 16, 2013
Eternity is not endless time or the opposite of time. It is the essence of time.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Run With Perseverance

Monday August 12, 2013
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On August 18, 2013 we will celebrate the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

The Lord's Prayer

Friday August 09, 2013
This reflection on the Lord's Prayer first appeared in Whistling in the Dark and later in Beyond Words.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Just Beyond Our Grasp

Monday August 05, 2013
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On August 11, 2013 we will celebrate the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.

Walter Brueggemann interviews Frederick Buechner

Friday August 02, 2013
In this video renowned Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann interviews Christian author Frederick Buechner as part of the inauguration of the Buechner Institute.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Hosea and Gomer

Monday July 29, 2013
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On August 4, 2013 we will celebrate the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.

Jesus Saves

Friday July 26, 2013
This article is an excerpt from "The Sign by the Highway" which was first published in Buechner's book "The Hungering Dark" and later in "Secrets in the Dark".

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Ask For It

Monday July 22, 2013
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On July 28, 2013 we will celebrate the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Buechner at the National Cathedral - A Recording

Friday July 19, 2013
In this 2001 lecture at the Washington National Cathedral, Frederick Buechner shares various stories, reads from his book "The Eyes of the Heart" and answers a wide variety of questions.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Amos

Monday July 15, 2013
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On July 21, 2013 we will celebrate the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Neighbor

Monday July 08, 2013
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On July 14, 2013 we will celebrate the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.

The World is its Own Worst Enemy

Friday July 05, 2013
"Buy this; it will kill you," the ad said. "Choose out of all that is loveliest and greenest and most innocent in the world that which can make you sick before your time and bring your world to an end. Live so you will die."

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Hands for the Harvest

Monday July 01, 2013
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: The Fruit of the Spirit

Monday June 24, 2013
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Brendan and Godric in Iowa

Friday June 21, 2013
In this video recording from 1989, Frederick Buechner reads from his novels Brendan and Godric.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Female

Monday June 17, 2013
This week's sermon illustration includes an excerpt entitled "Female" which was originally published in 1988 in Whistling in the Dark.

Blessed are the Poor

Friday June 14, 2013
We are all hungry and in need, but most of us don't recognize it.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: Ahab, Naboth, and Jezebel

Tuesday June 11, 2013
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a reading on the same topic.

An Audio Recording from Laity Lodge

Thursday June 06, 2013
This recording took place in 1990 at Laity Lodge, Texas.

Weekly Sermon Illustration: You Do Not Need to Understand Healing to be Healed

Monday June 03, 2013
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

Anything Goes?

Thursday May 23, 2013
A short discussion on the costs of "sexual freedom."

Frederick Buechner: Weekly Sermon Illustration: Hope (Romans 5)

Monday May 20, 2013
On May 26, 2013 we will celebrate Trinity Sunday. Here is this week’s reading from the book of Romans.

Frederick Buechner: What Is Jesus Doing In Your Life?

Thursday May 16, 2013
In this short interview clip, the Rev. Frederick Buechner describes his reaction to a question he heard at Wheaton College: "What Is Jesus Doing in Your Life?"

Frederick Buechner: Weekly Sermon Illustrations: Nicolet's Sermon Writing for Pentecost (Acts 2)

Monday May 13, 2013
For this week's sermon illustration, Frederick Buechner offers an excerpt from the novel The Final Beast where Pastor Theodore Nicolet is trying to write a sermon for Pentecost.

The Rev. Frederick Buechner: Faith and Fiction (Audio Presentation)

Thursday May 09, 2013
The Rev. Frederick Buechner offered a fascinating presentation on "Faith and Fiction" at Montreat Conference Center in 1986.

Frederick Buechner: Weekly Sermon Illustrations: The Jailer

Monday May 06, 2013
The Rev. Frederick Buechner offers insights on this coming Sunday's lectionary text, Acts 16, in his Weekly Sermon Illustration.