Craft of Preaching

Preaching Moment 303: Lauren Winner on Preaching from 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

Faith Stays in, Doubt Steps Out

Before entering pastoral ministry I was encouraged to network and apply for pulpit vacancies. I was not a pulpit chaser. When it was time I felt I would

Exorcisms for Our Day

What you do reveals who you are.

The last few weeks have certainly reminded us of this truth. The many manifestations of the meaning and ministry of Dr.

Preaching Moment 302: Anthony Bailey on Soliciting Feedback

Anthony Bailey relates his experience with creating a culture where honest feedback is appreciated and given and tells a story of a sermon illustration

God's Covenant with All Creatures

Sometimes a comfortably well-trodden path becomes a rut. When our interpretive wheels become stuck in it, we may misread important passages.

God’s

The Immediately of Epiphany

Yes, the title is correct. Not the immediacy but the immediately of Epiphany. Bear with me. I hope this will make sense at the end.

January 26 is my oldest

Preaching Moment 301: Luke Powery on Broken Dreams

Luke Powery explores what it is like to preach to someone whose dreams have died and how the community works to open that person up to God's dream for them.

Review: New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis

When Eliza Doolittle is finally able to say, “The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain,” Henry Higgins blurts out, “I think she’s

Winning One for the Gipper

In 1920, University of Notre Dame’s football star, George Gipp, contracted pneumonia and died, just weeks after being named an All-American.

According

Epiphany Expectations

Look it up. What does epiphany actually mean? Of course there will be several possible definitions, but here’s one that caught my attention -- an

Preaching Moment 300: Yvette Flunder on Sermon Inspiration

Yvette Flunder shares the need of the preacher to pay attention to the context and listen for the inspirational "hook" that comes from God.

"I want to

Mark's Gospel and The Small Bird's Immediacy

[This article was first published on Jan. 5, 2009.]

Without small birds, the world would be very quiet.

In fact, it would hardly make a sound. In

Baptismal Blessings?

I have said this before and I will say it again -- preaching on the Baptism of Our Lord Sunday can quickly and despairingly devolve into bland, benign,

Preaching Moment 299: Eric Elnes on Worship and its Function

Eric Elnes reflects on the place of the sermon in the context of the worship service and explores worship's purpose of opening people up to the Spirit.

An Existential Encounter with the Text

Just the thought of doing exegesis for one more sermon is enough to make some preachers want to scream. We all realize that good exegetical work is vital