Politics in the Pulpit is JPIT’s lectionary-based weekly preaching resource.
We ask how the justice issues present in the Bible spur us to be good news in the world today. Each week, we welcome a different guest, discussing the political dimensions present in the Bible readings explored by many churches the following Sunday, and reflecting on how they connect with the week’s current news and our calling to be justice seekers.
Episodes are released on Tuesday mornings. Discussions focus on some of the passages listed in the Revised Common Lectionary, but our exploration of current issues will be also be of interest for preachers who aren’t following the lectionary.
Current Host – Revd Chris Upton
Chris grew up on a small island in Essex, but has recently been landlocked in Haworth, West Yorkshire where he has been served as a Baptist minister since 2000 and a pastoral supervisor since 2019. At the start of this year he stood down from the pulpit and took up the role of church funding officer for Christians Against Poverty, and in August he also became the National lead for the Waterways Chaplaincy. In his spare time he runs the local cinema, enjoys cycling and playing cards.
Latest Episode – with Rev Jacky Embrey for Sunday 26th November
On this week’s episode of Politics in the Pulpit – the final episode of this series – Chris is chatting to Rev Jacky Embrey.
Jacky is a newly retired URC minister, just arrived in Kendal from Bolton. She has served the URC as Moderator in Mersey Synod, as a partnership minister in Bolton and Salford, and in Birmingham as Area Minister, and minister in five very different churches.
Jacky will be our host for the next season of Politics in the Pulpit, starting on 9th January.
Chris and Jacky discuss preaching on the lectionary readings for Sunday 26th November:
Ezekiel 34: 11-16, 20-24
Ephesians 1: 15-23
Matthew 25: 31-46
Psalm 95: 1-7 or Psalm 100
‘Politics in the Pulpit’ is JPIT’s weekly lectionary resource, helping to equip preachers, ministers and worship leaders to unpack justice and peace issues in the pulpit. You can join in the conversation on Twitter/X at @pulpit_politics or using #PoliticsInThePulpit, or on our Facebook community – find the group here or from the Joint Public Issues Team’s Facebook page.