Craft of Preaching

Beyond Faith

First Corinthians 13 is a breath-taking bit of writing.

Unfortunately, we have typecast this chapter as a special blessing, for use at weddings only. To

Preaching Confirmation

One of my favorite confirmation texts is the story of Elisha succeeding Elijah in 2 Kings.

The story reminds me of when we brought our first child home

Tell No One

I don’t spend much time preaching about Jesus’ miracles, for one simple reason: Jesus said not to talk about them. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus

Poking the Bear

We live in the age of the provocateur.

We see this increasingly in our politicians and our celebrities, who have discovered that the way to attract an

The Genetic Gospel

I had what I suppose most would consider a strange reaction to Karoline Lewis’ excellent article on “A New Genesis,” that spoke of the

Tender Prophecy

I find it curious that John the Baptist took his identity from the Isaiah 40 prophecy: the voice of one crying in the wilderness, “Prepare the way

The Look on God's Face

I know people who dread a stewardship sermon as much as they would a tax audit.

There are advantages to being a third-career pastor. One of the advantages

Bold Preaching

When you read about the battles between Amos and the court prophets, with whom do you identify?

The answer would seem obvious. Amos was God’s prophet,

We're Winning

Last month I expressed frustration that despite all we proclaim and do in our churches to bring the love of Christ to hurting and lost people, the prevailing

We're Losing

We spend so much time and effort on proclamation of the Good News of the love of God made visible in the person of Jesus. We work diligently and passionately

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

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

"I Couldn't Hear a Thing"

A very elderly gentleman greeted me at the end of the service with a smile and a compliment. “Wonderful, wonderful sermon, pastor!”

We had

Sermon Review

My dad once told me a story about preaching instruction during his time in seminary that would be impossible to imagine happening today. After one student

Provoking a Response

In seminary, I was given two contradictory bits of advice regarding sermons:

  1. Your job is to proclaim. If they don’t listen to you, tell them again.