Craft of Preaching

When Jesus Shows Up

“Lean back. Relax. Do your mantra. And say, this is what it is and what it’s always been.”

This from a guy I trust. Why do I trust him?

June 2016 – A Year’s Worth of Difference

It’s been almost a year since Laudato Si’ was released, Pope Francis’s monumental encyclical on climate change. Since then, the Pope’s

Back to Reality

Back to reality. Perhaps that’s what many of you might be feeling right now. Easter is over. Pentecost has past. Ordinary time settles in to its rather

Five Things that 'Captain America: Civil War' Gets Right About Church Conflict

Captain America: Civil War is the newest entry in Marvel’s serialized cinematic juggernaut, and it may be among the very best. Directors Anthony and

Trinity Talk

Holy Trinity Sunday is a somewhat ambiguous liturgical day. I never know what to think about the Trinity, to be honest. And I am always rather dubious about

Spirit Focus

Happy Pentecost, Dear Working Preachers! At the risk of sounding like the proverbial broken record, are you ready for preaching this Sunday that celebrates

Beyond Faith

First Corinthians 13 is a breath-taking bit of writing.

Unfortunately, we have typecast this chapter as a special blessing, for use at weddings only. To

Resurrection is Promise

I don’t know about you, but I am rather weary of empty promises. You know what I mean -- those expressed by political candidates, those uttered by

Review of “Microaggression in Ministry: Confronting the Hidden Violence of Everyday Church”

If you are a person of color, female, LGBTQ, or a member of a religious group other than Christian, there is a high probability that you have been on the

Resurrection is Companionship

You may have noticed a pattern these last few weeks in the titles and emphases for Dear Working Preacher. “Resurrection is…” and so far,

Let’s Discuss Dominion

I recently received a copy of a new ecological hymn that included the line, “We are called to have dominion over all that you have made.”

Resurrection is Love

Resurrection is love -- a rather simple, yet extraordinarily complex statement, at least when you look at the texts for this week.

Our passages this week,

Preaching Moment 320: Yvette Flunder on Preaching about Money

Yvette Flunder wants to challenge the consumerist habits of her community by examining closely the ideas of inherent and inherited poverty.

"I preach sermons

Preaching Confirmation

One of my favorite confirmation texts is the story of Elisha succeeding Elijah in 2 Kings.

The story reminds me of when we brought our first child home

Resurrection is Protection

Good Shepherd Sunday will determine much of our preaching this week. You will likely settle on an aspect of Jesus as shepherd that is just right for what