Craft of Preaching

In Between Spaces

If you have already listened to Sermon Brainwave for this week, then you probably know what I am going to say right out of the gate -- add verses 70-71

Holy Conversation

Wow. It sure doesn’t take long to go from grumbling to arguing, from complaining to quarreling. And it seems it doesn’t take much, either. I

Truth Matters

I’ve always been puzzled by the idea of the unforgivable sin, identified in Mark as blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Mark 3:28-30).

The passage

Manna Again

The Gospel of John is a dangerous book. In the hands of those who need or want a God who chooses sides, a God they can control, a God who excludes, a God

Who’s at the Table? Planning Worship in Community

My first call was in a mixed-race neighborhood, across the street from a public middle school. The playground in our front yard was a beautiful reflection

Sign, Sign, Everywhere A Sign

Dear Working Preachers, have you noticed that signs are often misinterpreted? While we count on them to point us in the right direction, with everything

Being Fed

I know what you’re thinking, Dear Working Preachers. Five weeks of John 6. The bane of a preacher’s existence. Wishing you had taken a vacation,

Preaching Moment 347: Luke Powery on Preaching in a Spiritual Mode

Preaching in a spiritual mode, as the Rev. Luke Powery puts it, is preaching with an awareness of the spiritual, homiletical tradition, with the way we

Preaching + Food

My preaching turned to food around eight years ago when I grew tired of visiting members of my church in the hospital for diet-related illnesses. I wanted

Letting Go

Deserted places are critical places. They are not always comfortable, although here in Mark Jesus seems to imply that they are. But that would be a grand

Preaching Moment 346: Otis Moss on Paul and the Poets of the Bible

In preaching Paul, the Rev. Otis Moss III describes his experience of immersion to the culture and politics of the era the more he reads into the Pauline

Preach like Jacob? Times When It’s Good to Limp

I have a confession: I have had the tendency, throughout my life, to be the type of person where when things get too hard, I quit.

It’s not something

Beheading the Gospel

Here’s the thing, Dear Working Preachers. We all know that Mark’s Gospel is the Reader’s Digest Condensed Version of the Jesus’

Preaching Moment 345: Michael Brown on Preaching Paul

The Apostle Paul's writing in 1 Corinthians is discomforting to the Rev. Michael Brown in part because it somehow deals with a pastor who is angry at the

If a Podcast Could Preach

The first time I cried listening to the radio (though certainly not the last) I was listening to Ira Glass tell the story of a dad who made Santa so real