Craft of Preaching

Weightier Matters: Faith, Justice, and Mercy

As I prepare this month’s column, the scripture that refuses to let me rest is:

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe

The Power of Prayer

How quickly do we pass over the prayers of Jesus and choose the commands of Jesus so as to construct our Christological portraits as well as what we think

A Paraclete Kind of Life

Dear Working Preachers, I absolutely love this passage in John. Ok, I know what you are thinking -- is there a passage in John that you don’t love,

Saying Goodbye

When you have to say goodbye, what do you say? It depends on the situation, of course; if you are the one leaving or the one left behind; if this is forever

Give Them a Story

The story of God’s love incarnate in Jesus Christ is often referred to as the greatest story ever told. As preachers, we are constantly trying to

Abundant Life

What is abundant life? How would you define it? Accomplishment in some such measurable constructs? Success in your church? Happiness? Family? Relationships?

What Things?

This is one long road trip. By long, I don’t mean how many miles. Many of us have walked seven-ish miles in a day. We’ve got our Fitbits logging

Not A Safe God

I am often asked, as I was this past Sunday at a church gathering, what is the one easiest step a Christian can take to care for creation. It was a “bite

Betweenness

“These are written so that you may come to believe/continue to believe...” What does your translation say? And which translation would you choose?

Preaching Moment 338: Luke Powery on Faithful Preaching

“You can’t give what you ain’t got,” declares Luke Powery as he explains how one can become a better preacher when he or she begins

Preaching Baptism in the Days of Easter

When I served a church in Atlanta, the churches on Ponce de Leon Avenue -- Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, and Lutheran -- met outside in the glorious

Not Proof But Perspective

A few years ago, Working Preacher produced a video Easter is Coming with which many of you are familiar. Take another look. I return to this resource again

Preaching Moment 337: Otis Moss III on Improvisation

Using the scenario of the tragedy at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., Pastor Otis Moss III shares how a heightened preparation and sensitivity

Preaching from the Book of Acts during Easter

Easter is coming, which means the Acts of the Apostles is about to claim its annual place in the Revised Common Lectionary. Acts provides passages for the

Preaching in an Exilic Age

I am trying to discern whether we have entered an era of Christian exile in America. It certainly feels like it, and not for the reasons that are usually