Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

Losers

Dear Working Preacher,

 

There are some elements of the Christian faith that are just shocking enough, just absurd enough, just unsettling enough,

The Pharisee, the Tax Collector, and the Reformation

Dear Working Preacher,

 

I’ve long thought that the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector made a much better Reformation Day text than

The Power of Names

Dear Working Preacher,

 

There are some homiletical themes that are so powerful you need to be prepared ahead of time for the impact they may have.

Second Blessing

Dear Working Preacher,

 

I think we are in sore need of thanksgiving.

 

Take a look around. There is plenty of cause to be worried: too much

Everyday Faith

Dear Working Preacher,

 

There will probably be a lot of people sitting in your pews this Sunday who feel just like the disciples -- which is good

On Stretching Parables

Dear Working Preacher,

 

One of the things I’ve learned from writing daily devotions over the last eighteen months is that biblical passages

Money, Relationships, and Jesus' Most Confusing Parable

Dear Working Preacher,

 

If you’re not sure what to make of this parable, take some comfort -- I’m not sure Luke was either! Consider

Lost

Dear Working Preacher,

 

Here’s the question that’s been rumbling around in my head since reading this passage: Can you be righteous

The Cost of Discipleship

Dear Working Preacher,

 

This may be one of those weeks when you look at the Gospel reading and then quickly glance to see if any of the other readings

The Kingdom of God ... at School

Dear Working Preacher,

 

When is the last time you preached a sermon with your youth as the primary audience you had in mind? Or even as a primary

The Law of Love

Dear Working Preacher,

 

There are two sides to every story, and that includes this one. Maybe especially this one. So one way to preach a meaningful

A Stressful Sermon

Dear Working Preacher,

 

Let’s face it. This is one of those weeks when the Gospel reading makes you want to turn to one of the other texts

The Heart of the Matter

Dear Working Preacher,

I suspect that you, like I, know at least one person who doesn't need to read the Bible because he or she already knows what's in

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.