Craft of Preaching

Preaching + Food

My preaching turned to food around eight years ago when I grew tired of visiting members of my church in the hospital for diet-related illnesses. I wanted

Letting Go

Deserted places are critical places. They are not always comfortable, although here in Mark Jesus seems to imply that they are. But that would be a grand

Preaching Moment 346: Otis Moss on Paul and the Poets of the Bible

In preaching Paul, the Rev. Otis Moss III describes his experience of immersion to the culture and politics of the era the more he reads into the Pauline

Preach like Jacob? Times When It’s Good to Limp

I have a confession: I have had the tendency, throughout my life, to be the type of person where when things get too hard, I quit.

It’s not something

Beheading the Gospel

Here’s the thing, Dear Working Preachers. We all know that Mark’s Gospel is the Reader’s Digest Condensed Version of the Jesus’

Preaching Moment 345: Michael Brown on Preaching Paul

The Apostle Paul's writing in 1 Corinthians is discomforting to the Rev. Michael Brown in part because it somehow deals with a pastor who is angry at the

If a Podcast Could Preach

The first time I cried listening to the radio (though certainly not the last) I was listening to Ira Glass tell the story of a dad who made Santa so real

Rejection

It’s no accident that Jesus’ rejection in his hometown synagogue immediately precedes the mission of the “twelve.” “The kingdom

Preaching Moment 344: Michael Curry on Bread of Life (John 6)

Michael Curry speaks on the challenges and opportunities of preaching through the Revised Common Lectionary summer series on John 6, the Bread of Life.

Guest Preaching in an Age of ‘Too Political’

As a preacher, I realize I should open with some things we all agree on, build up some rapport, and gain your trust first. Then, once I've been there for

A Lesson from Mark

We preachers are intercalators. Maybe at some point in time, we learned to be so from Mark. This is Mark’s specialty, of course -- inserting one story

Preaching Moment 343: Otis Moss III on the Preacher's Notebook

Using an imagination notebook when studying the scriptures can be an effective tool in preaching, especially because the preacher will be able to interpret

Crossing the Kingdom

Transitions matter.

“On that day” -- on what day, exactly? Inquiring minds want to know, Mark.

Well, on the same day, as it turns out, that

God’s Open Hand

Several weeks of Gospel texts this summer read John 6, beginning with the story of Jesus’ feeding the multitudes with five barley loaves and two fish.

On Trusting

“The earth produces on its own.” Thank God, literally.

Every once in a while Jesus gives us a break -- a break from the demands of bringing