Craft of Preaching

Community and Connections

Dear Working Preachers,

I am actually preaching this week. How about that? On this week’s text from Matthew this coming Friday in the Luther Seminary

A “Cross and Follow” Kind of Life

Dear Working Preachers,

I have to be honest. I have never cared much for this passage, particularly 16:24, “take up your cross and follow me.”

God is Great, God is Good

During September, leading up to the Feast Day of St. Francis, a growing number of congregations adopt the alternate lectionary Season of Creation. This

A “Come to Jesus” Moment

Dear Working Preachers,

“Who do you say that the Son of Man is?”

If this question doesn’t strike the fear of God in you, well, I am

Wilderness Sunday: Preaching Season of Creation Week 3

Editor's Note: Each week in August WorkingPreacher.org will publish commentaries that correspond with the readings for Season of 

Pulpit Inventory

I’ve always been fascinated by words. Words shape ideas, so much that a seemingly innocuous phrasing choice can seriously, and sometimes permanently,

"Getting" Great Faith

Dear Working Preachers,

Little faith or great faith? How do we tell the difference? What are the criteria? Who gets to decide? I ask these questions this

Land Sunday: Preaching Season of Creation Week 2

Editor's Note: Each week in August WorkingPreacher.org will publish commentaries that correspond with the readings for Season of Creation 2014:

When We Can't Walk on Water

Those of you who listen regularly to Sermon Brainwave, our weekly podcast text study that I co-host with my colleagues at Luther Seminary, Rolf Jacobson

Forest Sunday: Preaching Season of Creation Week 1

Editor's Note: Each week in August WorkingPreacher.org will publish commentaries that correspond with the readings for Season of Creation 2014:

When a Miracle is More Than a Miracle

Dear Working Preachers,

Think about it. How many of Jesus’ miracles are recorded in all four Gospels? Let’s count. It shouldn’t take

God in the Wild

A Look Ahead

During September, leading up to the Feast Day of St. Francis, a growing number of congregations adopt the alternate lectionary Season of Creation

Inviting a Kingdom Imagination

Anyone out there tired of parables yet?

To be honest, Matthew’s plethora of parables is perhaps my biggest problem when it comes to the first Gospel.

The Oddly Comforting World of Saint Matthew

Preaching is little things carrying big things. It’s all about figuring out how to tell the story of Christ; this weighty promise on our transitory

Wheat and Tares and Other Truths about the Kingdom of Heaven

Dear Working Preachers,

Good and evil side by side, co-existing without set checks and balances, without resolute criteria for adjudicating which is which,