Craft of Preaching

Preaching Moment 293: Lauren Winner on the Preacher's Own Voice

Lauren Winner discusses the preacher's presence in the pulpit and invites preachers to exercise their own voice and authority when preaching.

"Finally,

Rejoicing in Active Hope

Clothing and food -- celebrated necessities -- describe God’s abundant gifts to creation in an Isaiah passage that shows up twice in December’s

Throne Mentality

Here we are. The last Sunday of the church year, Christ the King/Reign of Christ Sunday. The year has gone by fast, hasn’t it?

As I sat down to write

Preaching Moment 292: Eric Elnes on the Sermon in Worship

Eric Elnes shares his understanding of the place of the sermon in the worship service and advocates for broadening the focus of worship from the sermon

The Domino's Effect

A few years ago the Domino’s Pizza company faced a grim reality. Sales were falling off dramatically. While this once-successful company lived in

Peace and Security

“There is peace and security … ” (I Thess 5:3). Where?

A week ago Thursday, at the same time as I was walking out the back door to head

Preaching Moment 291: Anthony Bailey on the Gift of Darkness

Anthony Bailey advocates for the recovery of a biblical view of darkness as the place in which we are most vulnerable and available to the work of God in

Betting on the Spirit

Back in seminary, and when I teach preaching, we emphasized over and over again to our students the importance of taking time to prepare and craft a sermon

How to Wait

“Make haste to help me, Lord! Hasten to me, O God! Lord, do not delay!” The words of the Psalmist, in conversation with the Gospel and epistle

Preaching Moment 290: Yvette Flunder on Authentic Ministry

Yvette Flunder argues for the necessity of being authentic in preaching into contentious situations and the importance of trusting God in those times.

When Tears are Wiped Away

Festival Sundays are always tricky. If you are a regular listener of Sermon Brainwave, you know that our usual take on these celebrations is to preach the

"Left Behind" Is Left Behind

The rapture is declining, according to Wheaton College’s Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals. The nineteenth-century notion that Christians

The Necessity of Re-Formation

Dear Working Preachers,

For some of you preachers out there, this Sunday is Reformation Sunday. But I also know that many users of this site will not preach

We Are Looking for You, Holy Spirit

We are looking for you, Holy Spirit.

We block off some time to spend with the lectionary text for this Sunday, looking for you. We search for you in and

Having Hope

Dear Working Preachers,

We know well the triad, “faith, hope, and love” that gloriously rounds out Paul’s chapter on Christian love in