Craft of Preaching

When Tears are Wiped Away

Festival Sundays are always tricky. If you are a regular listener of Sermon Brainwave, you know that our usual take on these celebrations is to preach the

"Left Behind" Is Left Behind

The rapture is declining, according to Wheaton College’s Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals. The nineteenth-century notion that Christians

The Necessity of Re-Formation

Dear Working Preachers,

For some of you preachers out there, this Sunday is Reformation Sunday. But I also know that many users of this site will not preach

We Are Looking for You, Holy Spirit

We are looking for you, Holy Spirit.

We block off some time to spend with the lectionary text for this Sunday, looking for you. We search for you in and

Having Hope

Dear Working Preachers,

We know well the triad, “faith, hope, and love” that gloriously rounds out Paul’s chapter on Christian love in

Yes, the Gospel Does Matter

Putting together a decent sermon is no easy task. This is not a complaint, it just is. As Nathan Aaseng comments in his September 16, 2014 column, Preaching

Hospitality 101

Dear Working Preachers,

Save the date. You know those postcards you get in the mail? Well, we all just got one. God is throwing a big party -- and you

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