Craft of Preaching

Preaching with Authority

As early as the life and thought of the ancient philosopher Socrates, the world has been prone to operate under a basic assumption: doubt is the main engine

An Embodied Lent

Bodies.

We have them. We inhabit them. But often we do not know what to do with them.

We desperately want to change them, improve them, shrink them, hide

Preaching Moment 307: Yvette Flunder on the Spirit at Work

Yvette Flunder describes how the preacher and the hearers are united together by the Spirit in the experience of the preached word.

"We may not be holding

A Different Kind of Denial

I have to admit. I was a bit baffled this week by the relationship between the Gospel and the first and second lessons. Not that we have to make a connection

Preaching Moment 306: Yvette Flunder on the Word in Worship

Yvette Flunder reflects on the central place of the preached word within the worship service and describes the "circle-dance" of interaction between the

God of Death and Life

Death and life dominate the Lenten lectionary in March, beginning on the first day with Abram’s childlessness and the promise of continued new life

The Greatest Temptation

The first Sunday in Lent is always Jesus’ temptation. Always. But when was the last time you noticed just how brief Mark’s temptation story

Ashes to Ashes

Oh wow, preachers. The beginning of Lent. Are you ready? I am imagine you are. Your Lenten theme is in place. Small groups are lined up. Soup suppers are

Preaching Moment 305: Luke Powery on Preaching Lament

Luke Powery advocates for the necessity of preaching lament and discusses how to accomplish this within the sermon.

"One can name the trouble in the world,

Packers, Cowboys, and the Power of Hate

I cheered for the Green Bay Packers recently and I’m morally conflicted about it.

Not that there’s anything wrong with cheering for or not

Why We Need the Transfiguration

The last week of January, Luther Seminary hosted its annual Midwinter Convocation -- a popular event for many, but especially alums. For the first

Preaching Moment 304: Anthony Bailey on Personal Stories

Anthony Bailey shares his process for deciding when and how to include personal stories in his sermons.

"I always have to ask: Is this sermon more about

Lent and Light and Love Prevailing

Lent is right around the corner and for those of us Jesus people who have this thing about all God has done in the cross and resurrection, we’re almost

On Being Restored to Yourself

Full disclosure. I do not like hockey, I really, really don’t. This coming from a Minnesota resident whose 13-year-old son is a big-time hockey player.

Preaching Moment 303: Lauren Winner on Preaching the Hebrew Bible

Lauren Winner emphasizes the importance of preaching the Old Testament and recommends Ellen Davis's Getting Involved with God as a resource to aid the preacher