Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

The Communion of Saints

Dear Working Preacher,

All Saints Sunday is an important day in the life of many congregations because on it we name and remember all those we have loved

Bartimaeus, Luther, and the Failed Reformation

Dear Working Preacher,

What would you do if you couldn't fail? What would you endeavor, dare, or try? What mission would you attempt, what venture would

Glory, Glory

Dear Working Preacher,

Sometimes the challenge of preaching is finding a connection between the appointed biblical reading and our life today. The passage

Jesus, the Rich Man, and All of Us Lousy Stewards

Dear Working Preacher,

Can we just admit that most of us kind of stink at doing stewardship? I know that sounds like an awful thing for me to say, but

Love and Marriage

Dear Working Preacher,

Given the various readings on marriage and divorce this week, I suspect it's occurred to more than a few of us that the prudent

Insiders and Outsiders

Two quick questions, Working Preacher: 1) Have you downloaded your copy of Renew 52 yet? 2) Have you shared this link with your parishioners and colleagues?

The Value of a Good Question

Dear Working Preacher,

I'm going to keep this short: questions are our friends.

Seem simple? Sure it is, yet somehow the disciples still missed it. At

Preaching the Anti-King

Hey there, Working Preacher, a quick question:

Have you registered for this year's Celebration of Biblical Preaching? It's going to be awesome, an event

Dogs and the Kingdom of God

I tend to think that the more challenging or difficult a passage, the more likely it is to lead to a great sermon. Which means, of course, that there should

Ordinary Saints

Dear Working Preacher,

There are, it seems, at least two choices before us on this Sunday.

First, we can enter back into our pilgrimage through Mark. If

Bread of Life Sermon Series

Dear Working Preacher,

One of the most pervasive and influential aspects of our common church life today is, I believe, the relative unfamiliarity of our

Rest

Will you forgive me if I invite a terribly simple theme for a sermon that focuses mainly on just one verse? Well, with your forgiveness or without it ☺,

Tell the Truth Twice

Dear Working Preacher,

Good night, but I find this a difficult passage to preach on! The easy way to preach it, I suppose, is to render it a morality tale.

Something to Do


Dear Working Preacher,

There's something kind of raw about Mark's account of Jesus' life that I sometimes find disconcerting but almost always find invigorating.

Come As You Are

Dear Working Preacher,

This week's gospel reading is perfect for all the people who don't have it all together. Now, I know what you may be thinking: that