Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

Witnessing

Sometimes, Dear Working Preachers, a biblical text emboldens you, empowers you, encourages you to give witness to your life. This week’s text was

Wilderness Preaching

“A voice of one crying out in the wilderness…”

That, Dear Working Preachers, is what preaching is all about these days. If Matthew held

Advent Time

Happy Advent, Dear Working Preachers! A new church year. A new Gospel. A new start.

I have always found it interesting that the new church year begins

A Year in Perspective

Dear Working Preachers, Matthew has been a good homiletical companion this past year. Perhaps, the very Gospel we needed to preach for and into a world

Entrustment

It is really rather simple. What are you doing with what you have been given? The rub of the parable of course, is to determine with what you have been

Hurry Up and Wait

“Hurry up and wait.” Whenever I talk to my mother these days, this somewhat new life circumstance is something she frequently mentions. There

Words For A Time Such As This

As Year A, the year of the Gospel of Matthew, winds down, a revisiting of the Beatitudes seems appropriate, timely, even necessary. For those of you preaching

Freedom and Obligation

Dear Working Preachers, happy 500th Anniversary of the Reformation for some of you! And for others, happy 21st Sunday after Pentecost! Given those most

Loyalties

I suspect that many of us might be a bit weary of Matthew by now. And to be honest, I thought I would be as well. But I have had a change of heart these

What Not To Wear

A wedding guest without a worthy wardrobe results in being cast out of the party into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth? Clearly,

Caring for the Kingdom of Heaven

So, how are we doing taking care of that vineyard these days? Before we start casting shame and blame on the easy targets in this story and on those around

True Authority

“By what authority?”

Well, there’s a good question.

Authority is the question of the day. Or, is it a question of the past?

We live

A Beatitude Kind of World

This past week I presented at an amazing conference held in Waco, Texas, called “Nevertheless SHE Preached.”

A grassroots event, dreamt by

Forgiveness 101

“How often should I forgive, Jesus?” Of course, Jesus’ response to Peter’s question doesn’t really provide an answer but rather

God Is With Us

For many churches, this coming Sunday is the start of the fall schedule, a return to the programming and activities that create the hum of the church which