Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

A More Important Question

Dear Working Preacher,

We are close, now, to the end. For the last five weeks we have traced Jesus steps toward the cross and this Sunday we reach the

Questions about Discipleship

Dear Working Preacher,

First and foremost, a word of thanks. Your comments in response to my column last week offered a profound testimony to the power

Preaching the Prodigal

Dear Working Preacher,

I’m not sure that there’s a more beloved story in the Bible than that of the Prodigal Son. Ralph Waldo Emerson called

When Bad Things Happen

Dear Working Preacher,

Some biblical passages, like some flammable materials, should probably carry a warning label: handle with care. This story –

Re-Imagining God

Dear Working Preacher,

I want to start with a question: how did you react to the name of this column being “Re-imagining God.” Did it make

Trust and Temptation

Dear Working Preacher,

I sometimes wonder if temptation is one of those things we have a hard time talking honestly about in the church. I think we worry

Learning to Pray

Dear Working Preacher, 

Over the last couple of years I’ve developed something of a mantra about the task facing this generation’s leaders

Three Questions and a Promise

Dear Working Preacher,

To be honest with you, I have to say that I don’t envy Jesus. I’ve preached at my home congregation, and it can be rough;

Jesus' Inaugural Address

Dear Working Preacher,

While our lives are full of words, some matter more than others. The words we used to invite someone on a first date, for instance,

Learning to Tell Time

Dear Working Preacher,

You know what they say: timing is everything. Whether it’s telling a joke, making a dramatic entrance in a stage show, or

Preaching a More Meaningful Baptism

Dear Working Preacher,

Did you know that most of the people who leave our congregations don’t depart for another ? That’s one of the great

The "Adults-Only" Nativity Story

Dear Working Preacher,

There are two ways to tell the story of the three-kings, one shaped for the ears, hearts, and minds of our children, and one better

Living the Story

Blessed Christmas, dear Working Preacher!

By the time you read this – (I hope!) – you will have led your community in a joyous celebration

A Promise That Changes the World

Dear Working Preacher,

Over the past several days I've experienced, as you probably have, a range of emotions in response to the mass killing of twenty

A Promise We're All Invited Into

Dear Working Preacher,

If this is John's idea of good news, I’m not sure I want to hear the bad news.

Our readings this week and last center of Luke’s