Craft of Preaching

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

A Trinitarian Difference

Trinity Sunday is a hard one to figure out. Any sermon that tries to explain the Trinity will likely end up as interesting as the proverbial watching paint

Spirit Work

This year’s Festival of Homiletics in San Antonio -- and great to see so many of you there! -- was Barbara Brown Taylor’s last time as a presenter.

The Power of Prayer

How quickly do we pass over the prayers of Jesus and choose the commands of Jesus so as to construct our Christological portraits as well as what we think

A Paraclete Kind of Life

Dear Working Preachers, I absolutely love this passage in John. Ok, I know what you are thinking -- is there a passage in John that you don’t love,

Saying Goodbye

When you have to say goodbye, what do you say? It depends on the situation, of course; if you are the one leaving or the one left behind; if this is forever

Abundant Life

What is abundant life? How would you define it? Accomplishment in some such measurable constructs? Success in your church? Happiness? Family? Relationships?

What Things?

This is one long road trip. By long, I don’t mean how many miles. Many of us have walked seven-ish miles in a day. We’ve got our Fitbits logging

Betweenness

“These are written so that you may come to believe/continue to believe...” What does your translation say? And which translation would you choose?

Not Proof But Perspective

A few years ago, Working Preacher produced a video Easter is Coming with which many of you are familiar. Take another look. I return to this resource again

A Personal Palm/Passion Sunday

Palm/Passion Sunday takes me back to my trips to the Holy Land. One of the essential excursions on this pilgrimage is to walk the Palm Sunday road, the

Resurrection Now

Last week I was with some folks who for twenty-plus years have committed to gathering together for what they call an Ecumenical Lenten Renewal. I offered

On Being Found

He found him. A seemingly ordinary moment in the plot that is the healing of the man born blind until you realize that Jesus has been gone for twenty-eight

Holy Conversations

I know, Working Preachers. This story is overwhelming. So much going on. So many places to land. Of course, this is the challenge with any text, but somehow