Craft of Preaching

The Being of Salvation

“All flesh shall see the salvation of God.” Well, that depends.

The criteria we set in place for a claim like this makes for a rather large

How to Embody Scripture: Verbal Volleys (1 of 4)

First in a four-part series of videos on how to embody Scripture in worship

In this 10-minute video, Sam Bardwell demonstrates how to read Bible passages

Three Kinds of Churchgoers

There are three types of churchgoers, in my experience. Members of each group can be identified by how they think about the church.

Group 1: Church as

Proclamation in Advent: Words that Do Not Fall to the Ground

This article is the first in a four-part series for lectors or those who help prepare lectors to read in worship. Watch the accompanying videos.

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Why Advent?

Oh my, Working Preachers. This text from Luke? At this time? In these circumstances? Too many people will hear Jesus’ words as those that predict

Kings of Relationship

"My kingdom is not from this world,” says Jesus. No kidding. That seems pretty obvious. Yet at the same time, this has to be one of the most obscure

All Flesh Shall See Salvation

Perhaps in past eras it did humans good to lift their eyes beyond the turmoil of life in the flesh. Our ancestors may have found hope during hardscrabble

Storied Stones

“What large stones and what large buildings?” If you have ever been to the Holy Land, you know just how big those stones really are. I have

The Look on God's Face

I know people who dread a stewardship sermon as much as they would a tax audit.

There are advantages to being a third-career pastor. One of the advantages

Whole Life Living

“Her whole life.” That’s what she gave, friends. The Greek is certain. Clear. Little room for wiggle room. Not a portion. Not a tithe.

Saintly Activity

“Love your neighbor as yourself” is a fitting text for both a Sunday after Pentecost and All Saints Sunday.

According to Jesus, a mark of discipleship

Fertility under Threat

Fertility of both soil and womb concerned many biblical writers in an era of threat by drought and disease, as seen this month especially in the stories

No More Silence

“Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly.” Thank God. Literally. Bartimaeus won’t be told to shut up.

Bold Preaching

When you read about the battles between Amos and the court prophets, with whom do you identify?

The answer would seem obvious. Amos was God’s prophet,

The Ability of Ableness

"We are able." Wow. We are so certain, aren’t we? We think we are capable of so much. We really do. And why? What is it about us that we locate our