Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

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.

A Public Works Project

Dear Working Preacher,

For more than five years we’ve worked hard to provide you with trusted and helpful resources at this website. Commentaries,

Questions About the Resurrection

Dear Working Preacher,

 

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the resurrection is all the rage these days. Or, perhaps more accurately,

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.