Craft of Preaching

Bread from Heaven

Food fills the menu in August’s lectionary. Four weeks of Gospel readings explore John 6’s discussions between Jesus and others following the

#DoItForJohn

#DoItForJohn. A hashtag suggestion by a Facebook friend in response to last week’s column when I invited you to abide in all of John 6. Not letting

Enabling the One Great Preacher to Preach: Getting in Touch with Your Inner Homiletician

This is the fourth article in a series. See Part 3.

The one great preacher in history, I would contend, is the church. And the first business of the individual

Bread of the Preaching Life

I know what you are thinking, Dear Working Preachers. You are hoping that I am going to veer from the lectionary and offer a grand suggestion for a sermon

Brought to You by the Letter "O"

I just cannot help being intrigued by things that I don’t understand, no matter how seemingly inconsequential or how long they have been commonly

The Dew of Compassion

Hospitality. Power. Now compassion. Chapter 6 of the Gospel of Mark manages to cover some rather significant features of what it means to be a follower

Power Potentials

There is no end to power’s deception and corruption.

While we don’t need the Bible to corroborate that statement, we seem rather content when

Retooling the Purposes of Preaching: Getting in Touch with Your Inner Homiletician Part 3

This is the third article in the series. See Part 2.

What do we imagine we are about when we set out to preach? What do we think happens, or should happen,

And the Gospel Is? Hospitality

Have you ever noticed that a lot of our conversations around hospitality are rather one sided? That is, we tend to talk about our hospitable nature, our

Pope Francis on Humans, Nature, and Power

Pope Francis’s much anticipated encyclical entitled “Praised Be: On the Care of Our Common Home” was released on June 18. In it, he calls

Falling from Graces

“She fell from their graces into her truth.” This quote appeared last week on my Facebook newsfeed. I love quotes. And there’s a reason

The Other Side

Sometimes it’s just a boat.

You know what I mean. There is no end to sermons on this story that allegorize the boat, and, for that matter, everything

Impact of a Sermon

Long ago, my wife and I were vacationing at a small, rustic resort in northern Wisconsin. The elderly caretakers were the kindest, most generous people

Panic before Pulpit, Every Time

Preaching at its best must cultivate a relationship with panic. That is to say, preaching takes trust, and trust is scary.

My typical week as a preacher

A Life in Parables

Parables -- they’re not just for Jesus anymore.

The reality is, our lives are full of parables, or, you might say, life is parabolic. I suppose Jesus