Craft of Preaching

Loyalties

I suspect that many of us might be a bit weary of Matthew by now. And to be honest, I thought I would be as well. But I have had a change of heart these

What Not To Wear

A wedding guest without a worthy wardrobe results in being cast out of the party into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth? Clearly,

Caring for the Kingdom of Heaven

So, how are we doing taking care of that vineyard these days? Before we start casting shame and blame on the easy targets in this story and on those around

True Authority

“By what authority?”

Well, there’s a good question.

Authority is the question of the day. Or, is it a question of the past?

We live

A Beatitude Kind of World

This past week I presented at an amazing conference held in Waco, Texas, called “Nevertheless SHE Preached.”

A grassroots event, dreamt by

Forgiveness 101

“How often should I forgive, Jesus?” Of course, Jesus’ response to Peter’s question doesn’t really provide an answer but rather

God Is With Us

For many churches, this coming Sunday is the start of the fall schedule, a return to the programming and activities that create the hum of the church which

The Cross at a Crossroads

Before the cross became equated with salvation and a symbol for a religion, it denoted something too often overlooked in our theological machinations. It

Speaking Up for a Living God

The tension between, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" and "But who do you say that I am?" is the homiletical tension of this Gospel text. It

Learning How to Preach Again

It’s good to be back, Dear Working Preachers. Yes, it is always good to come home after an extended trip, but it’s good to be back writing this

Never Empty

Dear Working Preachers, last week, taking a cue from Matthew 11:28, "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give

Rest For Your Souls

The invitation to rest is not one I readily or easily accept. Even from Jesus. There are at least a hundred reasons why, of course -- too much to do, expectations

Welcome

"Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.”

It’s one thing to be in the position of welcoming

Not Peace but a Sword

“Not peace but a sword.” I resist this saying of Jesus. I resist it a lot, not only because it sounds so wrong. On so many levels. I resist

The Laborers Are Few

“Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons.” What would the world look like if the primary ways by which we imagined