Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

Beginning and Endings

Dear Working Preacher,

You know as well as I do that beginnings matter. Friendships, new jobs, your first worship service at a congregation, whatever it

He Came Down

Dear Working Preacher,

Okay, you know as well as I do the confusing nature of Transfiguration Sunday. Its name, after all, is a word we hardly use. It's

Four Words

Dear Working Preacher,

If you had only four words to describe Jesus, what words would you choose? In fact, why don't you do just that: before reading any

Two Kinds of People

Dear Working Preacher,

I've got a radically simple outline for your sermon this week, and it can summed up in just one sentence: There are two kinds of


Dear Working Preacher,

Tell me the truth: don't you just dread exorcism stories? I mean, if there's one kind of biblical story we have a hard time relating

The Call of the Disciples and the Decline of the Church

Dear Working Preacher,

What would make you drop everything and pursue an entirely new life? A great job offer? A marriage proposal? The chance to make

Come and See

Dear Working Preacher,

I know we've just about to venture into four or five weeks of reading through Mark and all, but here, near the beginning of John's

Blessed New Year!

Happy New Year, Working Preacher!

Okay, so I know New Year's Day was this past Sunday, so I probably should have greeted you this way last week. But I

The Oddest Christmas Carol

Dear Working Preacher,

Seems like one question screams out to be answered this week: after all the candlelight and joy and presents and everything else

Something More

Dear Working Preacher,

Do you remember those movies from the sixties, when they would soften the edges of the leading actress -- be it Doris Day or Grace

Favored Ones

Dear Working Preacher,

I want to ask you a question, and I suspect that much of your success as a preacher hangs on how you answer it. Nervous? :) Don't

John, Jesus, and the Alpha Male

Dear Working Preacher,

Although we're still nearly two months shy of the nearest presidential primary, I already find myself in a state of campaign-fatigue

Just the Beginning

Dear Working Preacher,

How could we have missed this? Actually, it's not quite that simple. Most of us, I believe, know this -- or at least recognize it

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