Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

The Necessity of Three

I used to be able to do math. But something happened between AP calculus my senior year of high school and now, when I try to help my two boys with basic

Spirit Feelings

Dear Working Preachers! How many of you were at the Festival of Homiletics this past week? If you were not able to attend, I hope to see you next year

What Makes You Feel Alive?

I spent the first part of this week and started writing this column in the hills of Burlingame, California. The beautiful locale was Mercy Convent and Retreat

Choose Joy

“Nepal, Baltimore, school shootings, cancer, suicide, poverty, discrimination, apathy, violence, ignorance, spite, abuse, injustice. Some days it's

The Risky Business of Bearing Fruit

“Christians still read the Bible strangely. We read the Bible as if we were the point, as though we are not, or never were, the Gentiles” (Willie

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