Craft of Preaching

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,

Pulpit Magic

A young woman came into my office yesterday, terrified.

I don’t know much about her background. She spoke broken English with a thick accent that

Social Media and Preaching: Some Dos and Don’ts (Part 2 of 2)

In my previous article, I discussed digital citizenship and the essential ideas behind social media to argue for its value in contemporary preaching. To

Birds, Thorns, and Other Surprising Responses to God’s Word

Dear Working Preachers,

The “Word of God” is an elusive and complicated topic, isn’t it? What comes to mind for people in the pews when

Social Media and Preaching: A Primer (Part 1 of 2)

Discussions about social media -- and, specifically in our case, social media in preaching -- are important for the contemporary church. Let’s face

On Hard Yokes and Heavy Burdens

Dear Working Preachers,

I remember well the first time I preached on Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30. I was on my internship at First Evangelical Lutheran Church

No Small Gestures

Dear Working Preacher,

What do you make of this week’s Gospel passage? I have to say that on my first read, I came up rather empty. With last week’s

Vegetative Parables

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Living Beyond Fear

Dear Working Preacher,

I’m writing this letter just after watching the U.S. World Cup match against Ghana and in this context remembered something

A New Pentecost? A Season of Social Media

Lent. A time for self-reflection, austerity, and somber music. A time to put away the alleluias and remember Jesus’ road to Calvary. A time for selfies

Prayer and Preaching

The things we carry with us -- our race, our education, our gender, our families, our age, our masks, our broken pieces, our patterns, perhaps particularly