Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

The Security of Seventy

The mission of the seventy is no mission I could ever imagine accepting. It sounds more like orders received from central command on the series “Mission

Every Moment Counts

When I started thinking about the DWP column for this week, my first response was, Sorry, Jesus. You are wrong. Sometimes we have to bury our dead and you

Naked No More

This past week I taught the Core 1 course in Luther Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Preaching program. The Core 1 course is the first class

Your Faith Has Saved You

“Your faith has saved you.”

As one of my dear friends is fond of saying, “Put that on a t-shirt.” And, as we preachers are prone

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?

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

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

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

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,

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,

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

Resurrection is Abundance

153 fish? That’s a lot. Even I know this, and I am no angler. I’ve sent my boys to fishing camp. I encourage them to fish if the opportunity

Resurrection is Relationship

“But these are written so that you may believe…”

While many Bibles will title John 20:30-31 as “The Purpose of John’s Gospel,”

True Resurrection

I have seen the Lord!

There’s your sermon, Working Preachers. It’s hard to imagine a better sermon than Mary Magdalene’s on that first