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In addition to the twelve-volume commentary series and the new curriculum, Feasting on the Word will be expanding into new areas in the coming years, including a Gospels commentary series, a series of liturgical resources, daily devotionals, a guide to children's sermons, and a curriculum for use with all ages.

Feasting on the Gospels

Feasting on the Gospels writers: Click here for more information about resources available to you for this project. 

Feasting on the Gospels, an eight-volume commentary series, will be published beginning in 2013. Barbara Brown Taylor and David Bartlett will return as Co-Consulting Editors, and Elizabeth Johnson and Cynthia Jarvis will serve as Co-General Editors.

The twelve-volume Feasting on the Word is unique among lectionary commentaries in that it offers four distinct perspectives on each of the four assigned texts, giving preachers sixteen different ways into the proclamation of the word on any given occasion. For each text, there are four brief essays on the exegetical, theological, pastoral, and homiletical challenges of the text.

Feasting on the Gospels will follow this same model to provide fresh commentary on the entirety of the four Gospels. There will be two volumes each on Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. As with Feasting on the Word, several hundred scholars, preachers, teachers, and writers from a variety of denominations will provide essays on each of the four perspectives for the Gospels.

Barbara Brown Taylor said of the Gospels project, "Everywhere I go, people, both lay and ordained, tell me how much they value Feasting on the Word.  Since they also tell me they want more, I am very glad that WJK has decided to host a feast on the Gospels as well.  I look forward to working with old friends and new on this rich resource for preaching and teaching in Christian churches across the U.S. and beyond."

A new editorial board, under the leadership of Johnson and Jarvis, will begin meeting in 2011. The first volumes will be published in the fall of 2013.

The editorial board for Feasting on the Gospels will be comprised of

Co-General Editors:

Cynthia Jarvis (Presbyterian)
The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA

E. Elizabeth Johnson (Presbyterian)
J. Davison Philips Professor of New Testament
Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA

Project Manager:

Joan Murchison (Presbyterian)
Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA

Editorial Board Members:

William F. Brosend II (Episcopalian)
Associate Professor of Homiletics
Sewanee: The University of the South, Sewanee, TN

Christine Chakoian (Presbyterian)
First Presbyterian Church, Lake Forest, Illinois

Gary W. Charles (Presbyterian)
Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA

Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder (Baptist, Disciples of Christ)
Assistant Professor of New Testament
Belmont University, Nashville, TN

R. Alan Culpepper (Baptist)
McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, Atlanta, GA

Mark Douglas (Presbyterian)
Associate Professor of Christian Ethics
Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA

Mary F. Foskett (Baptist)
Zachary T. Smith Associate Professor of Religion
Wake Forest University, Charlotte, NC

Martha Moore-Keish (Presbyterian)
Assistant Professor of Theology
=Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA

D. Cameron Murchison (Presbyterian)
Dean of Faculty and Executive Vice President
Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA

Carmen Nanko-Fernández (Catholic)
\Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry
Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL

Stanley P. Saunders (Disciples of Christ)
Associate Professor of New Testament
Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA

Richard F. Ward (UCC)
Fred B. Craddock Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship
Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, OK


Consulting Editors:

David L. Bartlett (Baptist)
Professor of New Testament
Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA

Barbara Brown Taylor (Episcopalian)
Butman Professor of Religion, Piedmont College, Demorest, GA
Adjunct Professor of Christian Spirituality, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA



McCormick seminary professor and author Elizabeth Caldwell and pastor and author Kathleen Long Bostrom are pairing up to produce a set of daily devotionals, one for each year of the lectionary, in the Feasting on the Word family. These books will provide an excerpt from one of the Feasting essays for each day, along with a reflection, prayer, and Scripture. The first volume, for Year B, will be published in fall 2011.



Kim Long, professor of worship at Columbia Theological Seminary, is working with a team of writers and editors to produce three volumes of liturgical and worship resources to complement the Feasting on the Word commentaries. The writing team is comprised of

  • Dan Geslin, Pastor, Sixth Avenue United Church of Christ, Denver, CO (UCC)
  • Kim Clayton, Director of Supervised Ministry, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA (PC(USA))
  • Melinda Quivik, Liturgical scholar, Houghton, Michigan (ELCA)
  • Ed Phillips, Associate Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology, Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, GA (United Methodist)
  • David Gambrell, Associate for Worship, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY (PC(USA))
  • Carol Wade, Canon Precentor, Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC (Episcopal)

The first volume will be published in Fall 2012.


Children's Sermons

David Bartlett, co-general editor of the Feasting on the Word commentary series, and his wife Carol Bartlett, an early childhood educator, are teaming up to write a guide to the children's sermon. The volume will address the common questions pastors have about the children's sermon, steps on avoiding common pitfalls, suggestions on how to use the children's time in a church following the lectionary, and sample Bible stories for use in children's time. The book will be published in 2013.