Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

#DoItForJohn

#DoItForJohn. A hashtag suggestion by a Facebook friend in response to last week’s column when I invited you to abide in all of John 6. Not letting

Bread of the Preaching Life

I know what you are thinking, Dear Working Preachers. You are hoping that I am going to veer from the lectionary and offer a grand suggestion for a sermon

The Dew of Compassion

Hospitality. Power. Now compassion. Chapter 6 of the Gospel of Mark manages to cover some rather significant features of what it means to be a follower

Power Potentials

There is no end to power’s deception and corruption.

While we don’t need the Bible to corroborate that statement, we seem rather content when

And the Gospel Is? Hospitality

Have you ever noticed that a lot of our conversations around hospitality are rather one sided? That is, we tend to talk about our hospitable nature, our

Falling from Graces

“She fell from their graces into her truth.” This quote appeared last week on my Facebook newsfeed. I love quotes. And there’s a reason

The Other Side

Sometimes it’s just a boat.

You know what I mean. There is no end to sermons on this story that allegorize the boat, and, for that matter, everything

A Life in Parables

Parables -- they’re not just for Jesus anymore.

The reality is, our lives are full of parables, or, you might say, life is parabolic. I suppose Jesus

Family Matters

“And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand … Who are my mother and my brothers?" Have you found yourself

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