Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

What Money Can and Can't Do

Dear Working Preacher,


It’s not about the money. Not in this parable or in life.


Let’s start with the parable. Jesus doesn’t

Teach Us to Pray

Dear Working Preacher,


Here’s my simple suggestion for preaching this Sunday: do what Jesus did. That is, teach your people how to pray.

Mary, Martha, and the Search for a More Useful Faith

Dear Working Preacher,


I think the word “useful” has gotten a bad rap. At least in the church. I’m not sure what it is, but I

Who Is My Neighbor?

Dear Working Preacher,


This passage is so familiar it’s almost dangerous. I mean, we all know the moral of Jesus’ famous story “The

The Greater Gift

Dear Working Preacher,


So here’s my simple question: which was the greater gift Jesus bestowed on the disciples: the power to heal and cast

Out of Control

Dear Working Preacher,


As some of you may know, a whole lot of folks in the Twin Cities lost power over the weekend when a series of storms blasted


Dear Working Preacher,


I remember an English professor somewhere along the way saying there are only seven or eight great themes in literature

Forgiveness & Gratitude

Dear Working Preacher,


I’ll just come out and say it: this is one of my absolute favorite stories in Luke’s Gospel – heck, in

See, Thank, Tell

Dear Working Preacher,


There’s a poignancy to this week’s gospel reading that is easy to miss. We tend to focus on the miracle of raising

Unexpected Faith

Dear Working Preacher,


By and large, I’ve typically read the story of Jesus and the centurion as a tremendous story about the nature of faith.

Hope in the Meantime

Dear Working Preacher,


I’ll be honest: I find Holy Trinity Sunday among the most difficult days of the year to preach. As I’ve said

When Will Your Next Pentecost Be?

Dear Working Preacher,


Though I am normally cautious to generalize from my particular experience, when it comes to Pentecost I’m going to

The Power of Being Prayed For

Dear Working Preacher,


What you do matters. I’ve said that before, and I’ll say it again.




Because it’s

Commands and Promises

Dear Working Preacher,


A quick but HUGE word of thanks before jumping into this week's readings. We met every challenge (netting an additional

On Loving - and Not Loving - One Another

Before getting started, Working Preacher, a quick word of thanks: the response to both our new donor challenge and the Sermon Brainwave challenge (where