Craft of Preaching

Treasured Possessions?

We moved my mom into a nursing home last week. If you are a regular reader of this column, you know that she has Parkinson’s. She also has been diagnosed

How Much More?

I am writing this column from beautiful Bay View, Michigan, a Chautauqua on the northern shore of Lake Michigan, where I am the preacher/lecturer for the

No Comparison

Martha, Martha, Martha.

If you grew up when I did, you got that reference. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia -- of Brady Bunch fame. The oldest sibling of three daughters.

Two Futures

While on vacation in the Canadian Maritime provinces and New England this past month, I saw two visions of the future church.

One of these was bleak.

The Need for Nearness

The story of the Good Samaritan is rather remarkable. It has worked its way into our culture that even the unchurched will summon its principles so as to

Finding Dory, Finding Church

Somewhere between the top shelf of Pixar masterpieces (Wall-E, The Incredibles, a few others, though of course opinions vary) and the dustbin of Pixar less-desirables

The Security of Seventy

The mission of the seventy is no mission I could ever imagine accepting. It sounds more like orders received from central command on the series “Mission

The Spirit Catches You and You Run and Hide

The title to this article is a riff on the 1997 book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman. It’s the story, ultimately,

Every Moment Counts

When I started thinking about the DWP column for this week, my first response was, Sorry, Jesus. You are wrong. Sometimes we have to bury our dead and you

Reading Scripture with Creation

When pastors and Bible study participants seek a stronger ecological hermeneutic, I often challenge them simply to read Scripture with an eye to its many

Naked No More

This past week I taught the Core 1 course in Luther Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Preaching program. The Core 1 course is the first class

Whose God is This Anyway?

Does anyone else get uncomfortable proclaiming things like “How Great is Our God” or “Our God is an Awesome God” or “Behold

Your Faith Has Saved You

“Your faith has saved you.”

As one of my dear friends is fond of saying, “Put that on a t-shirt.” And, as we preachers are prone

When Jesus Shows Up

“Lean back. Relax. Do your mantra. And say, this is what it is and what it’s always been.”

This from a guy I trust. Why do I trust him?

June 2016 – A Year’s Worth of Difference

It’s been almost a year since Laudato Si’ was released, Pope Francis’s monumental encyclical on climate change. Since then, the Pope’s