Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

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.

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