Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

If the World Were to End

Dear Working Preacher,

What would you do if the world were to end tomorrow? If you're thinking about preaching on the gospel reading this week, that's

Sheep and Goats and Judgment, Oh My

Dear Working Preacher,

Do you ever read a passage and just want to say, "Yikes!" Truth be told, I think that's how a lot of us feel when we read the dreaded

What God Do You See?

Dear Working Preacher,

So you know the saying, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." I wondered, after reading this week's gospel on the Parable of the

Beloved Saints

Dear Working Preacher,

You are a child of God -- beloved, blessed, cherished, one of a kind, and God is doing great things through you. That's the truth

Reformation Truths

Dear Working Preacher,

I'm going to give it to you straight. This Reformation Sunday, I don't want to hear a sermon about Martin Luther. I don't want to

The Law of Love

Dear Working Preacher,

Sometimes only a story will suffice.

Matthew's treatment of Jesus' commentary on the law is complex. It differs from Mark's (12:28-34),

God, Caesar, and the Power of a Good Question

Dear Working Preacher,

Let me re-introduce you to three of the most powerful words in the world. Now, I know what you're thinking, and while "I love you"

Beyond Our Wants

Dear Working Preacher,

Want to preach a great stewardship sermon (without asking for any money), reference a meaningful part of almost everyone's "biblical

Beloved Saints

Dear Working Preacher,

You are a child of God -- beloved, blessed, cherished, one of a kind, and God is doing great things through you. That's the truth

Crazy Love (a.k.a. Preaching Matthew Against Matthew)

Dear Working Preacher,

I hate to say it, but I kind of think Matthew's a punk.

Yeah, I know, you're not supposed to say stuff like that. But I can't help

Heaven Can't Wait

Dear Working Preacher,

Hell is all the rage these days. In large part spurred by Rob Bell's brief but provocative Love Wins, Christians of all stripes

That's Not Fair!

Dear Working Preacher,

Take a little memory trip with me, and think back to your childhood. (If that seems too long ago, you're welcome to think about

Faith, Forgiveness, and 9-11

Dear Working Preacher,

Ten years seems to have passed in the blink of an eye. With little to no effort, I can remember the frantic call from my wife on

What Kind of Community Will We Be?

Dear Working Preacher,

Do you ever have one of those weeks where you just break down and admit that you don't much like the appointed gospel reading? Okay,

Get Off the Couch and Into the Game!

Dear Working Preacher,

Don't be fooled by your dim recollections of Charlton Heston's Moses. This passage isn't about a timid exile's reverent first meeting