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

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

Abundance and Need

No sooner does one election cycle end these days than another begins. Into the midst of this year’s numerous campaign announcements drop the semi-continuous

Turning the World Right Side Up

The book of Acts narrates how, in the years following the church’s birth, a small band of disciples turned the Roman world upside down (Acts 17:6)

Resurrection Community on Earth

Easter and post-Easter lectionary passages naturally dwell on resurrection and salvation, themes that Christians sometimes separate from earthly concerns.

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

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

Deep Winter Light

In the cold of earliest morning at Pendle Hill Quaker Center, I venture from my room to the Main House, where kitchen lights already shine welcome. The

Rejoicing in Active Hope

Clothing and food -- celebrated necessities -- describe God’s abundant gifts to creation in an Isaiah passage that shows up twice in December’s

"Left Behind" Is Left Behind

The rapture is declining, according to Wheaton College’s Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals. The nineteenth-century notion that Christians

Restless Idols

Yesterday I planned to phone a friend while refueling my car. But the gas pump’s disembodied voice, not content with offering instructions and falling

God is Great, God is Good

During September, leading up to the Feast Day of St. Francis, a growing number of congregations adopt the alternate lectionary Season of Creation. This

Forest Sunday: Preaching Season of Creation Week 1

Editor's Note: Each week in August WorkingPreacher.org will publish commentaries that correspond with the readings for Season of Creation 2014:

God in the Wild

A Look Ahead

During September, leading up to the Feast Day of St. Francis, a growing number of congregations adopt the alternate lectionary Season of Creation

Vegetative Parables

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