Craft of Preaching

Pulpit Magic

A young woman came into my office yesterday, terrified.

I don’t know much about her background. She spoke broken English with a thick accent that

Social Media and Preaching: Some Dos and Don’ts (Part 2 of 2)

In my previous article, I discussed digital citizenship and the essential ideas behind social media to argue for its value in contemporary preaching. To

Birds, Thorns, and Other Surprising Responses to God’s Word

Dear Working Preachers,

The “Word of God” is an elusive and complicated topic, isn’t it? What comes to mind for people in the pews when

Social Media and Preaching: A Primer (Part 1 of 2)

Discussions about social media -- and, specifically in our case, social media in preaching -- are important for the contemporary church. Let’s face

On Hard Yokes and Heavy Burdens

Dear Working Preachers,

I remember well the first time I preached on Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30. I was on my internship at First Evangelical Lutheran Church

No Small Gestures

Dear Working Preacher,

What do you make of this week’s Gospel passage? I have to say that on my first read, I came up rather empty. With last week’s

Vegetative Parables

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Living Beyond Fear

Dear Working Preacher,

I’m writing this letter just after watching the U.S. World Cup match against Ghana and in this context remembered something

A New Pentecost? A Season of Social Media

Lent. A time for self-reflection, austerity, and somber music. A time to put away the alleluias and remember Jesus’ road to Calvary. A time for selfies

Prayer and Preaching

The things we carry with us -- our race, our education, our gender, our families, our age, our masks, our broken pieces, our patterns, perhaps particularly

Trinitarian Congregations

Dear Working Preacher,

I don’t know about you, but I often find myself dreading Trinity Sunday a bit. Okay, sometime more than a bit. We all know

Pentecost Dreams

Dear Working Preacher,

Pentecost is the time to dream.

Come to think of it, maybe every season in the church is a time to dream. After all, we worship

Preach What You Know

I’m reading a novel by a best-selling author that reminds me of one of the cardinal rules of writing:

Write what you know.

The author describes

Jesus' Prayer and Ours

Dear Working Preacher,

It’s time to talk about prayer. Not so much between you and me. I’m relatively confident you know what you’re

Social Media Sunday: Pull Out Your Smartphones

Worship at the church I serve was a little different a few months ago. Pastors and parishioners were “checking in” to Facebook on their phones