Craft of Preaching

A Walk on the Wildflower Side

Last weekend I drove with some friends to the Red River Gorge of eastern Kentucky for a wildflower walk organized by Father John Rausch, a Glenmary priest

Courage to Follow, Courage to Lead

Few people thrive on conflict. Yet leadership can bring us face to face with it in unexpected moments. What motivates normal people to overcome fear when

Easter Green

In 1970, in the midst of the Vietnam War, when V-8 engines ruled, gas mileage was low, industrial pollution hovered over most American cities, the first

Our Lenten Vocation: Serving and Preserving God’s Garden

Scripture’s story of Lent begins this year by describing the first human job. March 9th’s reading from Genesis 2 and 3 digests the second creation

Stories and Norm

For the first million years of human existence climate change was no threat, not because our ancestors knew more than we do now, but because, unaware of

Take the Challenge!

I recently heard a preacher commenting on...

“...the way we sometimes loathe ourselves and behave self-destructively. The way we hurt and wound one

Mud and Metaphor

For those of us who snoozed through high school English class decades ago: A brief review of metaphors, and why we who read Scripture care about them. Bear

Caring for Creation until End Times

When can we get to the future? Are we there yet?

Few readers of Working Preacher advocate a “quick and easy” rapture for Christians, followed

Great Plains, Great Change

Amtrak attracts folks who enjoy the journey as much as the destination. The Empire Builder runs a century-old course from Chicago, through Wisconsin, Minnesota,

Feast Day of St. Francis

Editor's Note: Each week in August WorkingPreacher.org published commentaries that correspond with the readings for Season of Creation 2013: Series C (Wisdom

Scriptural Economics

Editor's Note: During September (the four weeks leading up to the Feast Day of St. Francis), a growing number of congregations adopt the alternate lectionary

Giving Gardens

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.

A Sustaining, Sustainable Gospel

During ordinary time this summer and fall, the lectionary offers semi-continuous readings from Luke and from several different epistles. Semi-continuous

Extra-Ordinary Time

June brings the extraordinary time of summer harvest and outdoor enjoyment. But the lectionary enters “ordinary time,” offering semi-continuous

The Mighty, Rushing Wind

God’s Spirit blows through most of the lectionary passages during this Pentecost month, from Psalm 104:30 (“When you send forth your spirit,