Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

Insights, ideas and inspiration related to the coming week's lectionary texts.

What's So Good About A Shepherd?

“Good sermon, Pastor!” Don’t you then want to respond, “What does that actually mean? What was good about it?” Isn’t

Resurrection Witnesses

“You are witnesses of these things” (Luke 24:48; Acts 3:15).

We certainly are. Thanks for the reminder, Jesus.

Because we need reminders of

The Courage to Ask

Dear Working Preachers,

I am preaching on this text in Luther Seminary’s chapel on April 15, 2015, so I thought that for my column this week I would

Resurrection Matters

Happy Easter, preachers! We have some resurrection matters to address.

I am torn. Mark or John? John or Mark? I am usually inclined to say that a preacher

No Preaching Required

It’s hard to compete with Palm/Passion Sunday. And maybe, you shouldn’t.

Have you thought about letting the texts speak for themselves? Let

A Vision Check-Up

“Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”

Another grand and glorious verse from John, a Gospel filled to the brim with pithy phrases that end up in contexts

John 3:16 -- What Else Is There To Say?

John 3:14. Not even a close second to John 3:16 but certainly the reason why these verses from Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus make up the designated

An Embodied Lent

Bodies.

We have them. We inhabit them. But often we do not know what to do with them.

We desperately want to change them, improve them, shrink them, hide

A Different Kind of Denial

I have to admit. I was a bit baffled this week by the relationship between the Gospel and the first and second lessons. Not that we have to make a connection

The Greatest Temptation

The first Sunday in Lent is always Jesus’ temptation. Always. But when was the last time you noticed just how brief Mark’s temptation story

Ashes to Ashes

Oh wow, preachers. The beginning of Lent. Are you ready? I am imagine you are. Your Lenten theme is in place. Small groups are lined up. Soup suppers are

Why We Need the Transfiguration

The last week of January, Luther Seminary hosted its annual Midwinter Convocation -- a popular event for many, but especially alums. For the first

On Being Restored to Yourself

Full disclosure. I do not like hockey, I really, really don’t. This coming from a Minnesota resident whose 13-year-old son is a big-time hockey player.

Exorcisms for Our Day

What you do reveals who you are.

The last few weeks have certainly reminded us of this truth. The many manifestations of the meaning and ministry of Dr.

The Immediately of Epiphany

Yes, the title is correct. Not the immediacy but the immediately of Epiphany. Bear with me. I hope this will make sense at the end.

January 26 is my oldest