Craft of Preaching

Resurrection Matters

Happy Easter, preachers! We have some resurrection matters to address.

I am torn. Mark or John? John or Mark? I am usually inclined to say that a preacher

Preaching Moment 311: Lauren Winner on Personal Stories

Lauren Winner shares her thought process on using personal stories in the pulpit and relates the craft of preaching to communal prayer.

"Each year, preaching

No Preaching Required

It’s hard to compete with Palm/Passion Sunday. And maybe, you shouldn’t.

Have you thought about letting the texts speak for themselves? Let

Preaching Moment 310: Yvette Flunder on Selecting Texts

Yvette Flunder describes how she selects texts for her sermons, beginning with the situations of her hearers and moving to the biblical witness.

"Oftentimes

Resurrection Community on Earth

Easter and post-Easter lectionary passages naturally dwell on resurrection and salvation, themes that Christians sometimes separate from earthly concerns.

A Vision Check-Up

“Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”

Another grand and glorious verse from John, a Gospel filled to the brim with pithy phrases that end up in contexts

Preaching Moment 309: Anthony Bailey on Liturgical Language

Anthony Bailey explains how the words of our worship often have unintended negative implications and argues that liturgical language must be critiqued by

Provoking a Response

In seminary, I was given two contradictory bits of advice regarding sermons:

  1. Your job is to proclaim. If they don’t listen to you, tell them again.

John 3:16 -- What Else Is There To Say?

John 3:14. Not even a close second to John 3:16 but certainly the reason why these verses from Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus make up the designated

Preaching Moment 308: Luke Powery on Preaching Counter-culturally

Luke Powery discusses when a text moves the preacher to preach counter-culturally and the tension involved in that undertaking.

"How does one preach against

Preaching with Authority

As early as the life and thought of the ancient philosopher Socrates, the world has been prone to operate under a basic assumption: doubt is the main engine

An Embodied Lent

Bodies.

We have them. We inhabit them. But often we do not know what to do with them.

We desperately want to change them, improve them, shrink them, hide

Preaching Moment 307: Yvette Flunder on the Spirit at Work

Yvette Flunder describes how the preacher and the hearers are united together by the Spirit in the experience of the preached word.

"We may not be holding

A Different Kind of Denial

I have to admit. I was a bit baffled this week by the relationship between the Gospel and the first and second lessons. Not that we have to make a connection

Preaching Moment 306: Yvette Flunder on the Word in Worship

Yvette Flunder reflects on the central place of the preached word within the worship service and describes the "circle-dance" of interaction between the