Craft of Preaching

iPreach: How the Apple Watch Could Revolutionize Sermon Development

Sermon development takes place somewhere in-between passivity and activity. What I mean by this is that there are times when I sit down to work on a sermon,

Tending the Vineyard

Dear Working Preachers,

This past week, Walter Brueggemann was on the Luther Seminary campus giving the inaugural presentations for the Fretheim Lecture

Restless Idols

Yesterday I planned to phone a friend while refueling my car. But the gas pump’s disembodied voice, not content with offering instructions and falling

Authority Issues

Dear Working Preachers,

“By what authority are you doing these things? And who gave you this authority?”

I have a not-so-short list of persons

River Sunday: Preaching Season of Creation Week 4

Editor's Note: WorkingPreacher.org published commentaries that correspond with the readings for Season of Creation 2014: Series A (The

Preaching to People whose Theology Differs from Mine

I don’t know that I’ve ever heard a pastor address this issue, but I’m guessing I’m not the only one who has experienced it, so

Generosity Sightings

Dear Working Preachers,

“Are you envious because I am generous?” reads the latter section of 20:15 in this Sunday’s parable

Prayer: Carrying Our Cross

Fall has arrived and the sky is closing in on us. Some take comfort in winter’s swaddling while others miss the wide, long days of summer. Yet this

A Generous Forgiveness

Dear Working Preachers,

Forgiveness.

It truly has to be one of the most difficult of human acts, not only to give but also to receive. For Jesus to tell

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,