Craft of Preaching

Hide Away

While Karoline Lewis takes a short vacation from writing this column, I’m filling in for three more weeks.

A long time ago, back when Kevin Costner

In the Fields of the Lord

While Karoline Lewis takes a short vacation from writing this column, I’m filling in for four weeks.

When I explore Matthew’s Gospel with

Never Empty

Dear Working Preachers, last week, taking a cue from Matthew 11:28, "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give

Preaching + Mental Illness

“To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8: 6

I start with a deep, centering breath

Preaching Moment 342: Eunjoo Mary Kim on Summer Sermon Series

In the summer, Eunjoo Mary Kim suggests that preachers can depart from the lectionary, preaching sermon series in a style that is enjoyable, collaborative,

Rest For Your Souls

The invitation to rest is not one I readily or easily accept. Even from Jesus. There are at least a hundred reasons why, of course -- too much to do, expectations

Preaching Moment 341: Michael Curry on Preaching Biblical Characters

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry explores ideas for preaching series in the summer months. He describes the serial possibilities for sermons based on a particular

Welcome

"Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.”

It’s one thing to be in the position of welcoming

Preaching Moment 339: Michael Brown On Preaching in Spirit

Michael Brown talks about preaching "in the Spirit mode" wherein the preacher throws oneself into the lesson and can actually take a journey wherein "the

Not Peace but a Sword

“Not peace but a sword.” I resist this saying of Jesus. I resist it a lot, not only because it sounds so wrong. On so many levels. I resist

Jumpstart the Conversation this Summer

Last week I sat with members of a tall-steeple church who expressed deep frustration that, despite encouragement, their pastor refused to preach on environmental

The Laborers Are Few

“Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons.” What would the world look like if the primary ways by which we imagined

Preaching Moment 340: Eunjoo Mary Kim Preaching on Nature

Eunjoo Mary Kim offers her perspective on nature and suggests that Western notions about the concept of nature and the individual's role within it should

Delivered with Love, From Me to You

On Confirmation Sunday, I was reminded once again of an important truth about preaching. Preaching is most effective when we direct our words not to people

A Trinitarian Difference

Trinity Sunday is a hard one to figure out. Any sermon that tries to explain the Trinity will likely end up as interesting as the proverbial watching paint