Lectionary — January 12 | Baptism of the Lord

Typhoon Yolanda Beach - Dumaguete

RCL Texts for the week of January 12, 2014* Isaiah 42:1-9 Psalm 29 Acts 10:34-43 Matthew 3:13-17 If I were preaching this Sunday… Shock of all shocks, I AM preaching this Sunday. I'll be preaching at Christ United Presbyterian Church in San Francisco where they have asked me to come and talk about the Philippines and the experience of being there during Typhoon Haiyan. … [Read more...]

Lectionary — December 29 | Christmas 1

debbie downer

RCL Texts for the week of December 29, 2013* Isaiah 63:7-9 Psalm 148 Hebrews 2:10-18 Matthew 2:13-23 If I were preaching this Sunday… I would love to preach the Matthew passage and title the sermon, "This shit just got real!" but I'm not that brave, so I probably would never go through with it. A preacher can dream . . . … [Read more...]

Lectionary — December 22 | Advent 4

Annie Christmas

RCL Texts for the week of December 22, 2013* Isaiah 7:10-16 Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 Romans 1:1-7 Matthew 1:18-25 If I were preaching this Sunday… I would talk about Jesus. Okay, not that you shouldn't talk about Jesus EVERY Sunday, but during these next few services, we are given a great gift and a huge opportunity to really talk about Jesus. You see, like it or not, there will be folks in the pews who, for whatever reason, when they come to church those 1-4 times a year, they … [Read more...]

Tech Tidbits #1: Chromebook, Feedspot and Coin


So, it's been a while since I have given any tech advice, so here are a few things that you might pique your interest. Chromebook - While I will probably write a longer review later, for the past week I have been using a Chromebook, the Acer C720 version. … [Read more...]

I’m baaaaaaaack . . .

Bruce Reyes-Chow Video

So . . . I am back from the Philippines and, like that mythical perfect newborn, I am finally sleeping through the night ;-) Jetlag be gone! Again, my apologies about not being able to keep up with the BRC+ posts while away .  I really appreciate the patience, but if you feel like you want to unsubscribe, please let me know and I'll drop a note to the powers that be.  No hard feelings at all, very much understand. But . . . starting next week, I'm back on and will start providing some … [Read more...]

November Posts Delayed — BRC in the Philippines

Dumaguete Beach

Greetings all -- I hope you are well. As you may or may not, I am in the the Philippines. And while I am safe, what was meant to be a writing and teaching assignment has shifted a bit with the storms that have come into the country not far from where I am. I will be visiting some of the damaged areas this week and helping with some relief efforts as well. I will post again as soon as I can, but probably not untul next week when I return from Leyte. I have blogging my time here if you … [Read more...]

Lectionary — November 10 | Proper 27 | Pentecost +25

Confirmation bias cartoon

RCL Texts for the week of November 6, 2013* Haggai 1:15b-2:9 Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 Luke 20:27-38 If I were preaching this Sunday… I would again, as is is my way, touch upon the questions of truth. In the case of the letter to the Thessalonians, it is about answering the questions, "To what do we hold onto as tradition . . . and why?" … [Read more...]

Lectionary — October 27 | Proper 25 | Pentecost +23

Australia Sunset -- Frankston, Victoria

RCL Texts for the week of October 27, 2013* Joel 2:23-32 Psalm 65 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Luke 18:9-14 If I were preaching this Sunday… Depending on your context blessings will mean different things. Some will think they earned every blessing that is in their lives while others would not be able to name a blessing if it smacked them in the face. … [Read more...]

Lectionary — October 20 | Proper 24 | Pentecost +22

Flickr by osde-info

RCL Texts for the week of October 20, 2013* Jeremiah 31:27-34 Psalm 119:97-104 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 Luke 18:1-8 If I were preaching this Sunday… This week signals the probable end to the government shut-down, so there must be something to say in the midst of this latest development that impacts us all. Again, the temptation to step into the partisanship or to avoid the conversation is strong, but I think there is a word about gracious disagreement that can still be lifted up.  … [Read more...]

October Tech Chat with BRC: Church Websites

Bruce Reyes-Chow Video

As part of your BRC+ subscription, I am holding regular chats on both technology and church. At this stage in the life of BRC+, I suspect that we can still have video conversations as a group, so for this first tech chat I would like to try using skype video conferences. WHAT: Tech Chat with Bruce Reyes-Chow WHERE: Skype WHO: Subscribers to BRC+ DATE: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 TIME: 6:00-7:00pm Pacific Time For the topic of this first tech chat, we are going to talk about church … [Read more...]