Craft of Preaching

Poor Fool

This is one of those weeks when preachers find a text pretty easy to interpret but the sermon hard to deliver.

Ah, but it’s never easy to interpret

Who Taught You How to Pray?

It’s a very personal, intimate thing, one’s prayer life. Getting started at praying is less like learning how to drive a car, how to play the

Preaching Acts in Easter (Year C)

Easter preaching has to be imaginative preaching. It has to knock us away from predictability and restraint. Wonder, surprise, and new possibilities are

Preaching Luke in 2019

I’ve been waiting for you, Luke. I’m sure you can help us fix things.

Ever since the day after the 2016 election here in the USA, I’ve

Preaching Acts in Easter (Year B)

As reliable as lilies, bonnets, and chocolate bunnies, every year the Acts of the Apostles shows up during the Easter season. While some preachers reach

Preaching Mark in Times of Strife (Part 2 of 2)

In the first article of this two-part series, the author discussed the apocalyptic tenor of the Gospel according to Mark and urged preachers to preach Mark

Preaching Mark in Times of Strife (Part 1 of 2)

Just in time. The Gospel according to Mark is about to arrive.

Perhaps, like me, you’re wondering how Mark will sound in the upcoming lectionary

That Sinking Feeling

I hope we can all agree that it’s misguided to take Matthew’s story about Peter walking on the water and turn it into a sappy morality tale

"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"

While Karoline Lewis continues her short vacation from writing this column, I’m filling in for two more weeks.

A lesson difficult for many preachers

Hide Away

While Karoline Lewis takes a short vacation from writing this column, I’m filling in for three more weeks.

A long time ago, back when Kevin Costner

In the Fields of the Lord

While Karoline Lewis takes a short vacation from writing this column, I’m filling in for four weeks.

When I explore Matthew’s Gospel with

Preaching Acts in Easter (Year A)

Easter is coming, which means the Acts of the Apostles is about to claim its annual place in the Revised Common Lectionary. Acts provides passages for the

Preaching in a Time of Political Anxiety

If the cantankerous political climate in the United States has any kind of a silver lining, it’s that many preachers are coming to a greater realization

Sensing the Gospel: A Five-Part Series of Meditations for Lent

“We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands,

Preaching Moment 278: Matt Skinner

Matt Skinner talks about his process of taking a text and turning it into a sermon, as well as all of the rethinking and pruning that happens along the