Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

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

Holy Week Grace

You do not have to do it all. Did you hear that, Working Preachers? On this Palm/Passion Sunday that sets in motion Holy Week, these are the words you need

Simultaneous Smells

"Smells are surer than sights or sounds to make your heartstrings crack," writes Vladimir Nabokov.[i]

Damn, is that ever the truth. My Sermon Brainwave

Perspective Matters

Let’s rename this story. The Prodigal Son? Doesn’t really work for me. Why? I am not that son. I am the older brother, the “Really Ticked-Off

Longing for More

One more year. That’s all I need. One more year. One more month. One more week. One more day. Of course, the fig tree doesn’t get a choice in

Love and Belonging

“We need to be a community of love and belonging.” That’s my paraphrase of Jesus’ desire to gather together Jerusalem’s children,

Filled With the Holy Spirit

The First Sunday in Lent. Are you anxious? Concerned? Disillusioned? All of the above? And maybe we should be. What to do with Lent is cause for significant

Choose Your Lent

One week until Ash Wednesday, Dear Working Preachers. By now you have your Lenten theme chosen, sermons and services mapped out, and all that’s left

No Ordinary Mountaintop

Mount Tabor is the site said to be the location of the Transfiguration of Jesus. I have only seen Mount Tabor from a distance, from the position of other