Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

Out of Our Minds

Dear Working Preacher,

What do you think -- does preaching have to be a little crazy to be gospel preaching? Or, to put it only slightly differently: do

Divine Relationship

Dear Working Preacher,

Here's my rule-of-thumb regarding the Trinity: People who say they understand it aren't to be trusted. I mean, well, the Trinity

Pentecost Change

Dear Working Preacher,

Because Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit, we usually offer special prayers that the Holy Spirit will fall afresh

The Other Lord's Prayer

Dear Working Preacher,

I'll ask you again to do both me and you a favor by reading just beyond the bounds of the appointed lectionary passage. A few weeks

Love & Obedience

Dear Working Preacher,

We're still in the "farewell discourses," which means that I'm still struggling with how to approach the sermon. That being said,

Getting Real

Dear Working Preacher,

Okay, I'll just come out and say it: I don't where to go with this passage. To be honest, on the whole I find the farewell discourses

Abundant Life

Dear Working Preacher,

Do me a favor. Actually, do yourself a favor, and start at verse 10 if you're preaching on the Gospel this week, or at least the

Witnesses

Dear Working Preacher,

There are any number of things you could focus on in this week's passage from Luke. Jesus willingness to eat and drink and be touched

Faith and Doubt

Dear Working Preacher,

Christ is Risen!
Christ is risen indeed!

The Easter cry isn't only for Easter of course. We are invited to start and end our

Just the Beginning

Dear Working Preacher,

It's not a great ending, so I can understand the urge to fix it. The ending to Mark's Gospel, I mean. You know as I do that almost

Downward Mobility

Dear Working Preacher,

The first time I preached on Palm Sunday I was an intern. So I didn't know any better. Honest. Where the congregation usually read

Love and Memory

Dear Working Preacher,

Just under two years ago I was at a family reunion, visiting with cousins that I hadn't seen in years because of our move from the

Love or Justice?

Dear Working Preacher,

Sometimes you just have to choose. The biblical witness is varied, even complex, and so the interpreter -- and preacher -- has to

Beyond the God-Box

Dear Working Preacher,

Where is God? Where, that is, do you expect to meet God, to experience God, to participate with God in God's ongoing work? Really.

Disappointment with God

Dear Working Preacher,

We have before us this week an invitation to take up a topic in our sermons that is one of the most recurring, important, and difficult