Craft of Preaching

Small Thing, Abundant Growth

One of our sons-in-law works in plant pathology. Recently he took us to visit the lab and greenhouse where he works to discover the genetic makeup of various

Be Careful What You Wish For

“Be careful what you wish for.” We are all too familiar with this phrase and have a pretty good idea of what it means -- you may very well get

What Do You Lack?

“You lack one thing.” There is great irony in Jesus’ statement, isn’t there? We can likely assume that given his wealth, his many

Preaching + Divorce

Jesus said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another,

The Divorce Text

There are certain texts that once read out loud in worship, in the midst of a faith community, demand then to be preached. The lection from Mark this week

A Hyperbolic Homiletic

If it sounds like Jesus is coming down hard on the disciples, well, it should.

We have a tendency not to like this Jesus, this Jesus who seems to mean

Where Am 'I' in the Sermon?

Every preacher has his or her own personal anxiety dream. Mine is that I’m standing in the pulpit for the reading of the gospel, only to realize there’s

Collaborative Preaching with Church Members

As a preacher regularly stirred by reading and interpreting the Bible collaboratively with church members, I began exploring an entirely collaborative sermon

The Greatest

The relevance of Scripture continues to amaze me.

The many stories and illustrations we think we need to invigorate our sermons, to make them more interesting,

Who Do You Say that I Am?

“Who do you say that I am?” is a much harder question than we think it is, and it’s already hard enough.

This would be a good Sunday

Preaching + Suicide Prevention

In my own struggles with suicidality as a teen and young adult, the church was instrumental in saving my life. The congregation I grew up in was nonjudgmental

Preaching “Praises”

We get the name “Psalms” from the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible: the word psalmos roughly corresponds to the translation of the Hebrew

A Tyre Mentality

It seems that no one can keep quiet when in the presence of God, as much as Jesus orders silence. “For saying that, the demon has left your daughter.”

Preaching Moment 348: Luke Powery on Preaching Mark 10

Luke Powery considers ways for preachers to navigate difficult scripture passages, including Psalm 137 (Pent 17C/Ord. 27C) and Mark 10 (Pent 20B/Ord. 27B).

Searching the Heart

No one is exempt from a strong searching of the heart. That’s the first thing that we should notice about these selected verses from Mark 7. The Pharisees,