Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

A Promise We're All Invited Into

Dear Working Preacher,

If this is John's idea of good news, I’m not sure I want to hear the bad news.

Our readings this week and last center of Luke’s

A Promise That's Easy to Overlook

Dear Working Preacher,

There’s an audacity to today’s Gospel reading that’s easy to miss. But if you listen closely and read between

A Promise Big Enough to Save Us

Dear Working Preacher, 

Thank you, thank you, thank you! First, of course, for your faithful ministry. But also for your support of this website,

A King's Gift

Dear Working Preacher,

I can’t remember the last time Christ the King Sunday fell after Thanksgiving. I’m sure it’s happened, but I don’t

Apocalypse Now

Dear Working Preacher,

I'll be honest, I'm not much of a fan of apocalyptic texts. Not Mark's "little apocalypse," of which we get a taste today, not John

Rethinking Stewardship

Dear Working Preacher,

I’m going to level with you: I’m not sure what to do with this week’s reading from Mark. I wish I had better news,

The Communion of Saints

Dear Working Preacher,

All Saints Sunday is an important day in the life of many congregations because on it we name and remember all those we have loved

Bartimaeus, Luther, and the Failed Reformation

Dear Working Preacher,

What would you do if you couldn't fail? What would you endeavor, dare, or try? What mission would you attempt, what venture would

Glory, Glory

Dear Working Preacher,

Sometimes the challenge of preaching is finding a connection between the appointed biblical reading and our life today. The passage

Jesus, the Rich Man, and All of Us Lousy Stewards

Dear Working Preacher,

Can we just admit that most of us kind of stink at doing stewardship? I know that sounds like an awful thing for me to say, but

Love and Marriage

Dear Working Preacher,

Given the various readings on marriage and divorce this week, I suspect it's occurred to more than a few of us that the prudent

Insiders and Outsiders

Two quick questions, Working Preacher: 1) Have you downloaded your copy of Renew 52 yet? 2) Have you shared this link with your parishioners and colleagues?

The Value of a Good Question

Dear Working Preacher,

I'm going to keep this short: questions are our friends.

Seem simple? Sure it is, yet somehow the disciples still missed it. At

Preaching the Anti-King

Hey there, Working Preacher, a quick question:

Have you registered for this year's Celebration of Biblical Preaching? It's going to be awesome, an event

Dogs and the Kingdom of God

I tend to think that the more challenging or difficult a passage, the more likely it is to lead to a great sermon. Which means, of course, that there should