Craft of Preaching

Fig Trees and Repentance

"Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans?”

If Jesus didn’t ask this

Determination

“When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.”

This is the verse behind the Gospel passage for this

Identity Test

The problem with Jesus’ testing in Matthew, Mark, and Luke is how quickly we switch the focus from Jesus’ trials to our own temptations -- as

Liberating Glory

The Transfiguration is always a tricky story, isn’t it? Were it not for the fact that it’s the designated text bridging the seasons of Epiphany

Simple Rules

There are many ways to describe and define the Bible. From assertions that are mostly faith-based, such as “Scripture” or “Word of God”;

A Level Plain Perspective

At first blush, we could easily assess Luke’s version of the Beatitudes as simply different than Matthew’s. After all, each is demonstrative

Catching People

“Catching people” might not sit very well with a number of our congregants. Compared to the parallel accounts in Matthew and Mark where the

Good News?

Responses to sermons are always, well, interesting. Isn’t that true, dear Working Preachers?

People will say to you, “great sermon, Pastor!”

Preaching Nazareth

"Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."

Or has it? Jesus seems convinced of it, at least. And to get a little Greek geeky on you, the

Abundance For All

Deciding on one preaching point for this passage seems adversative, to say the least, to this story when the main message of Jesus’ miracle at Cana

The Power of 'You'

Never underestimate the power of “you,” especially in the second person singular. We know how “you” feels. Like you are the only

Following a Star

“When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him.” Ah yes, Herod. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

When persons in power

Keeping Company with Mary

Never underestimate the ponderings of a mother. On this first Sunday of Christmas, once again we find Mary pausing to wonder what all of this means. Here,

Hardly Waiting

If we are looking for models of ministry in our modern times, Mary and Elizabeth should come to mind. On this Fourth Sunday of Advent, with Christmas only

The Time Is Now

An Advent message that calls out privilege and abuse of power will likely not be popular proclamation. Especially in the season that celebrates consumerism,