Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

Trust and Temptation

Dear Working Preacher,

I sometimes wonder if temptation is one of those things we have a hard time talking honestly about in the church. I think we worry

Learning to Pray

Dear Working Preacher, 

Over the last couple of years I’ve developed something of a mantra about the task facing this generation’s leaders

Three Questions and a Promise

Dear Working Preacher,

To be honest with you, I have to say that I don’t envy Jesus. I’ve preached at my home congregation, and it can be rough;

Jesus' Inaugural Address

Dear Working Preacher,

While our lives are full of words, some matter more than others. The words we used to invite someone on a first date, for instance,

Learning to Tell Time

Dear Working Preacher,

You know what they say: timing is everything. Whether it’s telling a joke, making a dramatic entrance in a stage show, or

Preaching a More Meaningful Baptism

Dear Working Preacher,

Did you know that most of the people who leave our congregations don’t depart for another ? That’s one of the great

The "Adults-Only" Nativity Story

Dear Working Preacher,

There are two ways to tell the story of the three-kings, one shaped for the ears, hearts, and minds of our children, and one better

Living the Story

Blessed Christmas, dear Working Preacher!

By the time you read this – (I hope!) – you will have led your community in a joyous celebration

A Promise That Changes the World

Dear Working Preacher,

Over the past several days I've experienced, as you probably have, a range of emotions in response to the mass killing of twenty

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,