Craft of Preaching

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

Preaching Moment 259: Matt Skinner

Matt Skinner talks about moving from text to sermon.

Preaching Moment 208: Matt Skinner

Matt Skinner on the challenges of preaching familiar text and some strategies for preaching them anew.

Preaching Moment 119: Matt Skinner

Matt Skinner talks about the challenges and opportunities in preaching childrens' sermons.

Preaching Moment 113: Matt Skinner

Matt talks about how we structure our sermons and provides some advice for thinking creatively and varying our sermon structures.

Preaching Moment 105: Matt Skinner

Matt Skinner offers a few suggestions on how to work the gospel text for Easter Sunday.

Earthquakes, God, and Living with Mystery

I appreciate the literary critic James Wood's recent op-ed piece (The New York Times, 24 January 2010), in which he reflects on the theological claims

Preaching During Lent

As I survey the Gospel texts assigned for Lent during Year C, I see them raising questions about life and what it means to live and flourish in the space

Rise Up, It's Advent

Last Sunday, listening to the children's choir, I heard them sing this line:

We light the Advent candles against the winter night.

Not "in the winter night"

Preaching Moment 87: Matt Skinner

Matt Skinner thinks about the ways in which we preach advent texts.

The Jesus We Follow, and Preach

"The unexamined Christ is not worth having."

So reads the final sentence of the introduction to The Historical Christ and the Theological Jesus, the newest

Heavy Reading

By day my nose is stuck in academic journals and biblical commentaries. But in the evenings I devote myself to the heavy stuff.

My daughters read more than

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

This month, on May 14, the State of Israel turns sixty years old--no easy anniversary.

The occasion calls our attention (again) to important political and

“Nice Body”

Early last week I visited a class, leading students in an exploration of so-called "gnostic" writings from the second century.

One enjoyable thing about

“Lars and the Real Girl”

Forgive me for recommending a film that has already been in circulation for some time. My queue is a little congested, keeping me even more behind the times