Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

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

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"