Craft of Preaching

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

“They’ll Know We Are Christians By...”

Three cover stories in the March 2008 issue of The Atlantic address religion and its cultural impact.

By far the best (and most troubling)

Anti-Judaism in Christian Teaching and Preaching

Statements that misrepresent Judaism (ancient and modern) or diminish the Jewish people appear with alarming frequency in Christian sermons.

Some of the

The Preacher as Student

The Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann describes the objective of his teaching and scholarship about as well as one could hope for in so few words:

One Text at a Time, Please

Getting the Most out of the Lectionary Commentary

Writing sermons is mostly solitary work, but engaging scripture, which is at the heart of preaching, is work that belongs to the entire community of faith.