Craft of Preaching

No Small Gestures

Dear Working Preacher,

What do you make of this week’s Gospel passage? I have to say that on my first read, I came up rather empty. With last week’s

Living Beyond Fear

Dear Working Preacher,

I’m writing this letter just after watching the U.S. World Cup match against Ghana and in this context remembered something

Trinitarian Congregations

Dear Working Preacher,

I don’t know about you, but I often find myself dreading Trinity Sunday a bit. Okay, sometime more than a bit. We all know

Pentecost Dreams

Dear Working Preacher,

Pentecost is the time to dream.

Come to think of it, maybe every season in the church is a time to dream. After all, we worship

Jesus' Prayer and Ours

Dear Working Preacher,

It’s time to talk about prayer. Not so much between you and me. I’m relatively confident you know what you’re

Communities of the Spirit

Dear Working Preacher,

We know about loss. Each of us and all of us, personally and deeply.

But we don’t talk about it very much.

These two clashing

Sheer Promise

Dear Working Preacher,

What’s the difference between a promise and a threat?

It’s a simple question, of course, but one with far-reaching

Abundant Life Now

Dear Working Preacher,

By now you know that we at WorkingPreacher.org count on your gifts to sustain our work. If you haven’t yet made a gift, I’d

Broken Before Burning

Dear Working Preacher,

The Emmaus story is one of my favorites. Part of that, as I mentioned the last time this passage came up, is because I think it

The Power of a Good Question

Dear Working Preacher,

I tend to think that our best sermons arise from our questions. Do you know what I mean? It’s often the really challenging

Easter Courage

Dear Working Preacher,

There are moments when it feels like Matthew is almost working at cross purposes. On the one hand, the message delivered by the

The Question of the Day

Dear Working Preacher,

A few years ago I was visiting a congregation in downtown Washington, D.C. on Palm Sunday. It gathers for worship in a historic

Present-tense Salvation

Dear Working Preacher,

Do we ask too little of our people?

I ask that question with no small amount of trepidation. The churches of the Reformation, after

Identity Theft, Part 2

Dear Working Preacher,

Our word “Lent,” as you know, comes from the German and Dutch words for spring (Lenz and Lente) which themselves derive

Leaving It All Behind

Dear Working Preacher,

This is a story of freedom, even transformation. Not, however -- and as far too many interpreters assume -- from a life of immorality