Bruce Laverman

Bruce is a retired pastor and former Director of Evangelism in the Reformed Church in America now living in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the RCA's representative to Evangelism Connections and serves as Managing Editor of this Web site.

Evangelectionary for Sunday August 13th

Texts: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 and Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45; or 1 Kings 19:9-18 and Psalm 85:8-13; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33 Message:  “The Right Perspective” The gospel text is our “missional” text for this Sunday and it is one that is bound to capture the attention of young and old alike.  It is a story told […]

Evangelectionary for Sunday, August 6th

Lectionary (Year A):  Revised Common Lectionary: Genesis 45:1-15; Psalm 133; Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32; Matthew 15:21-28 or 15:10-28 Theme: Pure Grace Message:  “Merciful to All” Comparing Biblical Israel to the church this Romans 11:32 passage could be interpreted to indicate that mission activity abroad and in communities may lead to the revival of the church within. Quote(s): “Resistance at […]

Evangelectionary for Sunday, July 9

Texts: Sunday, July 6, 2014, Genesis 25:19-34-38, 42-49, 58-67 and Psalm 45:10-17 (or Song of Song 2:8-13; or Zechariah 9:9-12 and Psalm 145:8-14; Romans 7:15-25; Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Message:  “Come to Me!” Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 When Jesus says , “My yoke is easy,” he means it fits, it’s appropriate, it is right for us.  Because the […]

Evangelectionary for Sunday, May 7th

Fourth Sunday of Easter:  Acts 2: 42-47; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10 Message:  “The Good Shepherd” Have you ever seen, on video or, even better, in person, the Navajo shepherd herding their sheep in Monument Valley?  Well, on the reservation the role of the shepherd of the sheep has not changed that much […]

Evangelectionary for Easter Sunday, April 16

Here’s an early Easter gift from Bruce Laverman: Lectionary Sources: Jeremiah 31:1-6; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-18 or Matthew 28:1-10 Theme: Who is the Jesus you’re looking for today? Message: “Who Are You Looking For?” Jesus asks Mary Magdalene the question in the garden cemetery on the morning of His resurrection. Jesus encounters us today in the midst […]

Evangelectionary for Sunday, April 9, Palm/Passion Sunday

Texts: Palm: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Matthew 21: 1-11, Passion: Isaiah 50:4-9; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 26:14-27:66 or Matthew 27:11-54 Message:  “Who is This?” In spite of all the excitement of the scene, in spite of the shouting and the singing and the tossing of coats and hats in the air and the waving of […]

Evangelectionary for Sunday, March 12, Second Sunday in Lent

Texts: Genesis 12:1-4; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17 or Matthew 17:1-9 Message: “Listen to Him!” Now when God is directly quoted, we who read better pay attention!  This word directly from God Himself was first for the disciples who were present, but the synoptic gospel  writers intended that it also be heard by all […]