Craft of Preaching

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

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

Where's the Arc?

I’m not saying Jesus was a bad preacher.

I am saying that one of the traditional styles of 1st century, Middle Eastern preaching that he used would

The Domino's Effect

A few years ago the Domino’s Pizza company faced a grim reality. Sales were falling off dramatically. While this once-successful company lived in

We Are Looking for You, Holy Spirit

We are looking for you, Holy Spirit.

We block off some time to spend with the lectionary text for this Sunday, looking for you. We search for you in and

Preaching to People whose Theology Differs from Mine

I don’t know that I’ve ever heard a pastor address this issue, but I’m guessing I’m not the only one who has experienced it, so

Pulpit Inventory

I’ve always been fascinated by words. Words shape ideas, so much that a seemingly innocuous phrasing choice can seriously, and sometimes permanently,

Pulpit Magic

A young woman came into my office yesterday, terrified.

I don’t know much about her background. She spoke broken English with a thick accent that

Preach What You Know

I’m reading a novel by a best-selling author that reminds me of one of the cardinal rules of writing:

Write what you know.

The author describes

Worship Is About More Than Personal Preferences

I would love to install a policy that anyone who uses the words “I like” or “I don’t like” in regards to worship must put

The Footwasher’s Hall of Fame

I hate being wrong.

I really hate being wrong in public.

I really, really hate being the one to prove myself wrong in public. Unfortunately, that is the

Memory Aid

If Christian traditions exist to help us remember things that should never be forgotten, such as the grace of God, the life and passion of Christ, the promises

What Tradition Really Means

Just because I’m fascinated by the emerging church movement, the call to new life, and the need for the church to constantly tailor its message creatively

First, Do No Harm

I recently attended a funeral service for a young person whose parents I know. The service was performed at a church of another Christian denomination,

The Night Sky At Christmas

We do a Blue Christmas service every year for those coping with loss. Preaching for it is one of the profound experiences of ministry.

Blue Christmas deals