Craft of Preaching

Identity Crisis

One of the lessons we have learned from recent politics is the power of group identity. To the astonishment of political pundits, it appears that once people

Are You The One?

"Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?" If that isn’t a question that breaks your heart ... or maybe, it speaks a truth,

In the Wilderness

“In the wilderness” -- a potentially overlooked setting for the prophetic tidings of our dear friend John the Baptist. We are usually eager

Durable Faith: Preaching Post-Election

Many things came to mind as I prepared to write this month’s column. With the election in full view, two questions relentlessly pressed upon me. First,

Are You Ready?

I love it when Scripture points out the ambiguity of God’s judgment -- a rather helpful reminder these days. There is nothing to distinguish or determine

Who and What is Your King?

Concentrating on the crucifixion for Christ the King Sunday is a confluence of some rather puzzling and disturbing truths -- especially in the wake of the

Let All of Me Kneel before God’s Holy Name: A Six Part Lenten Series

This Lenten series focuses on our bodily worship of the Triune God. When we come to worship, we are to engage all of your bodies in the art and act of worship

Saying What We See

Reading Jesus’ words knowing that they could be the basis of a sermon the Sunday after Election Day in the United States gives me pause. The results

Notes from the Field: Elections, Bulldozers, and Grief

Anybody here feel like a bulldozer has run over you a few times lately?

If so, you’re probably in a context that’s dealing with the U.S. presidential

Who Says There's No Resurrection?

We tend to ask the wrong questions about the resurrection -- case in point, the inquiry of the Sadducees. Of course, their engagement with Jesus is to challenge

Isaiah’s Earthly Hopes

One liturgical year ends soon and the next will immediately begin. The lectionary’s seasonal turning from Christ’s eternal reign to the advent

Salvation Today

“Today salvation has come to this house.” Mic drop.

But, of course, not everyone is happy when salvation shows up. Good news for some is not

Love Them

When it comes to the pulpit, I am generally not a “rules” person.

After all, “rules” are generally not meant to be flexible and

Thank God for the Other

“God, I thank you that I am not like other people. Really, thank you, God.”

Wow, does this passage ever convict! And if we are not found guilty

Preaching on Reformation: Global, Ecumenical, Ongoing

This coming Reformation Day, October 31, 2016, is different from many others. On this day, we launch into the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation culminating