Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

"Do Not Be Afraid"

Dear Working Preacher,

“Do not be afraid.”

It’s easy to overlook the presence of these four words near the tail end of Jesus’

The Revolution Starts Here

Dear Working Preacher,

I think a lot of us probably have one of two reactions to this passage and the (in)famous commands it contains. The first is simple,

The Relational God

Dear Working Preacher,

Our relationships matter to God.

Now, I’m guessing that it was rather easy for you to listen to that statement and more or

Called and Commissioned to Be Salt and Light

Dear Working Preacher,

Lately it’s occurred to me that I’ve been living something of a performative contradiction. It all started, I think,

On Beatitudes and Blessing

Dear Working Preacher,

Two questions animated -- or maybe haunted -- my exegetical study this week. I’ll ask you to wrestle with each of them along

Fishers of People

Dear Working Preacher,

My theme in a nutshell: Jesus called ordinary people right in the middle of their ordinary lives to do extraordinary things …

Notice, Share, Invite

Dear Working Preacher,

If you really want to understand why the church is declining in North America, you need to recognize how frightened most of our

Baptismal Problems and Promises

Dear Working Preacher,

Apparently, baptism was always a problem.

The first time it was a problem was when Jesus came to be baptized by John. After all,

An Unsentimental Christmas Sermon

Dear Working Preacher,

We’re at one of those junctures where the church calendar that we who lead congregations pay attention to collides with the

Matthew's Version of the Incarnation, Part 2

Dear Working Preacher,

This is a heavy, even difficult story to read just four days after Christmas. If I were the senior editor on this project, I would

Matthew's Version of the Incarnation

Dear Working Preacher,

Just two thoughts as we approach the fourth Sunday in Advent. Just two thoughts on Matthew’s account of the birth of Jesus.

Disappointed with God at Christmastime

Dear Working Preacher,

Two quick notes before jumping into what may be one of your most important sermons this fall (intrigued?). First, I’m glad

Hoping for More

Dear Working Preacher,

If you were to spend a moment daydreaming about your idea for a perfect Christmas, what images would you conjure? Pews filled to

A Sure and Certain Promise

Dear Working Preacher,

As I opened WorkingPreacher.org this week to review the readings and commentary for this coming Sunday, two things struck me. The

The King of Second Chances

Dear Working Preacher,

Do you ever wish you could have a second chance?

A second chance to say something different … or maybe not say something.