Craft of Preaching

Why Holy Week?

Dear Working Preachers, this Sunday begins one of the most important weeks of the church year. As you already know. A lot of weight falls on Palm/Passion

When Safe Spaces Become Toxic Places (Part 2 of 2)

“For those of us preachers who are viewed as aberrations or abominations, there are certain stories whose edges dig sharply into our souls. It is

Preaching + Care for Caregivers

“Be still and know that I am God!” -- Psalm 46:10

Caregiving is a labor of love. Whether for a family member who is ill, an elderly relative

Seeing Jesus

“Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Do we really? Do we actually want to see Jesus? Or do we pretend, feign interest, when in fact, seeing Jesus just

A Preacher’s Case for Safe Space

“Definition of safe space: a place (as on a college campus) intended to be free of bias, conflict, criticism, or potentially threatening

After Effects

John 3:16. Not an easy verse to ignore or pass over when it comes to preaching. And sometimes, Dear Working Preachers, we simply can’t. Often our

Connecting Heart to Text: Embodying the Liturgy in Community

My first job in college was as a DJ at the local country music station in Athens, Ohio. I had no idea what I was doing. Just managing the soundboard and

Body Zeal

Dear Working Preachers,

Something different this week. I preached on this text a few weeks ago at a continuing education event in Colorado talking about

People Get It, but Need Leadership

I recently returned from a weekend in a large Presbyterian church in Michigan, where I was asked to speak about the faith dimensions of creation care and

Open Speech

“He said this openly.” No wonder Peter responded as he did. Rebuke seems appropriate when you are hearing something you don’t want to

Preaching + Recovery

As someone who is formerly homeless, formerly incarcerated, and in long-term recovery I often find “Lenten disciplines” to be a funny deal.

A Tempting Silence

The temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, always the first Sunday of Lent, is an unnervingly muted event in Mark. Unlike Matthew and Luke, where we hear

Cue the Music

When I was a young boy, I accidentally memorized the books of the New Testament. I say “accidentally” because I had not intended to, and I did

It Is Good To Be Here

Yes, Jesus. It is good to be here. Isn’t this just the right summary of the Transfiguration? Indeed, how good it is to be here and yet how good it

Preaching Beyond Words

I find the central task of preaching and mothering to be the same -- to share God’s love. As a preacher I hope the words I preach inspire the hearers