104 episodes

Each week we dig into the one of lectionary passages for exegesis and homiletics

The A Plain Account Podcast A Plain Account

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 40 Ratings

Each week we dig into the one of lectionary passages for exegesis and homiletics

    Easter 7C | Acts 16:16-34

    Easter 7C | Acts 16:16-34

    Our texts this week are here. Reader’s theatre of Acts 16.

    Learn more about The New Jim Crow and Michelle Alexander’s work on her TEDxTalk or this interview with Krista Tippett

    Our prayer for this week – “A blessing for a prisoner” from To Bless The Space Between Us by John O’Donohue

    Other resources on our website: commentaries, discipleship, liturgics, music.

    We’ll be spending the Easter season in the book of Acts. Between Megan & Alicia, we will be reading from several Acts commentaries. Commentaries mentioned –


    Acts by Willie Jennings (Belief: A Theological Commentary on the Bible)
    The NBBC Acts commentary by Richard P Thompson
    Acts For Everyone by N T Wright
    Acts by Beverly Gaventa. (Abingdon New Testament Commentaries)

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    • 42 min
    Easter 6C | Acts 16:9-15

    Easter 6C | Acts 16:9-15

    Our texts this week are here

    Our prayer for this week Every Moment Holy


    A liturgy for those who employ others
    A liturgy for those who feel awkward in social gatherings

    "Lydia's faith becomes immediately active: she is baptized along with her whole household, and she opens her home. Social and cultural barriers crumble, and this corner of the empire is beginning to be changed by God's grace." – Brian Peterson, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2013.

    We’ll be spending the Easter season in the book of Acts. Between Megan & Alicia, we will be reading from several Acts commentaries. Commentaries mentioned –


    Acts by Willie Jennings (Belief: A Theological Commentary on the Bible)
    The NBBC Acts commentary by Richard P Thompson
    Acts For Everyone by N T Wright
    Acts by Beverly Gaventa. (Abingdon New Testament Commentaries)

    Other resources on our website: commentaries, discipleship, liturgics, music.

    • 40 min
    Easter 5C | Acts 11:1-18

    Easter 5C | Acts 11:1-18

    Our texts this week are here

    Our prayer for this week: Daily Prayer with the Corrymeela Community

    We’ll be spending the Easter season in the book of Acts. Between Megan & Alicia, we will be reading from several Acts commentaries. Commentaries mentioned –


    Acts by Willie Jennings (Belief: A Theological Commentary on the Bible)
    The NBBC Acts commentary by Richard P Thompson
    Acts For Everyone by N T Wright
    Acts by Beverly Gaventa. (Abingdon New Testament Commentaries)

    Other resources on our website: commentaries, discipleship, liturgics, music.

    • 38 min
    Easter 4C | Acts 9:36-43

    Easter 4C | Acts 9:36-43

    Our texts this week are here

    Our prayer for this week – “A liturgy before serving others” from Every Moment Holy (vol 1) 

    “All day long, as I watch the breeze toss these clothes in the wind, I imagine my prayers spinning away over the tops of the trees. This is good work, this prayer. This is good prayer, this work. So is digging in the garden, cleaning the chicken pens, washing the potatoes, doing the dishes. I know there are people who would give anything to do these things, people whose bodies have become too numb, too busy, too old or painful to do them. These are the practices that sustain life—not only my life and the lives entwined with mine, but the lives of all living beings.”  Barbara Brown Taylor, Altar in the World (p. 46-47)

    Tabitha-type projects worth checking out:


    Hookin' for Hope Project: https://olivebranchministry.org/faith-in-harm-reduction-1
    Knitting for Peace Project: https://www.knitting4peace.org/what-we-do/patterns

    We’ll be spending the Easter season in the book of Acts. Between Megan & Alicia, we will be reading from several Acts commentaries, including –


    Acts by Willie Jennings (Belief: A Theological Commentary on the Bible)
    The NBBC Acts commentary by Richard P Thompson
    Acts For Everyone by N T Wright
    Acts by Beverly Gaventa. (Abingdon New Testament Commentaries)

    Other resources on our website: commentaries, discipleship, liturgics, music.

    • 45 min
    Easter 3C | Acts 9:1-20

    Easter 3C | Acts 9:1-20

    Our texts this week are here

    Our prayer for this week is “Not Held” by Walter Brueggeman, from the collection Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth

    We highly recommend the book Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

    Pádraig Ó Tuama reflects on Ilya Kaminsky’s poem, “We Lived Happily During War” in this episode of Poetry Unbound

    We’ll be spending the Easter season in the book of Acts. Between Megan & Alicia, we will be reading from several Acts commentaries. Commentaries mentioned –


    Acts by Willie Jennings (Belief: A Theological Commentary on the Bible)
    The NBBC Acts commentary by Richard P. Thompson
    Acts For Everyone by N. T. Wright
    Acts by Beverly Gaventa. (Abingdon New Testament Commentaries)

    Other resources on our website: commentaries, discipleship, liturgics, music.

    • 37 min
    Easter 2C | Acts 5:27-32

    Easter 2C | Acts 5:27-32

    Our texts for this week are here

    Consider utilizing the resources for Earth Day Sunday provided by our friends at Nazarenes For Creation Care nazarenesforcreationcare.com

    We’ll be spending the Easter season in the book of Acts. Between Megan & Alicia, we will be reading from several Acts commentaries. Commentaries mentioned –


    Acts by Willie Jennings (Belief: A Theological Commentary on the Bible)
    The NBBC Acts commentary by Richard P Thompson
    Acts For Everyone by N T Wright
    Acts by Beverly Gaventa (Abingdon New Testament Commentaries)

    Prayer from Sarah Bessey – Prayer for Loving the World Again by Sarah Bessey from A Rhythm of Prayer: A Collection of Meditations for Renewal

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

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40 Ratings

40 Ratings

jondcroft ,

Solid Resource

Thanks to the good people at APA! I use this resource as part of my weekly routine for preparing the sermon that I will share with my church. I really miss it when they have to skip a week. This show will reliably force me to see the gospel from a new perspective, and that informs how I preach it. I highly recommend adding this show to your sermon prep routine. More than worth the time to listen. Thanks again for your work APA - you are a gift to me.

Mrtydbowl ,

Great podcast

Great podcast! Thanks for all that APA is doing. I depend on the podcast and website every week in my sermon prep!

Launch guy ,

Great resource!!!

This has been a great resource as I began using the RCL for my preaching last year. Some of the insights are things I either hadn’t picked up on or had lost from feeling like I knew the passage. The homiletical handles and half baked thoughts remind me to keep my own message real and meaningful to those I minister too.

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