Craft of Preaching

Choose Life

Choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19). Not as easy as it sounds these days. This rather obvious litmus test for what it means to a disciple in the Kingdom of

Preaching Moment 329: Michael Curry on the Courage to Preach

Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, gives advise to preachers who may feel discouraged to preach because of their inadequacies. No

Just Be It

If you want to know what it’s looked like lately to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world, Google the Women’s March of January

Preaching Moment 328: Andrew Foster Connors on Preaching in Crisis

Andrew Foster Connors reflects on preaching in his Baltimore congregation, Brown Memorial, in April 2015 after a week of protests and rioting that followed

Durable Faith: Grace for the New Year

Even if they haven't written it down, most people have an idea of what they want 2017 to look like, both professionally and personally. With a whole year

Righteous Living

Do you really hunger and thirst for righteousness?

Sometimes, perhaps most times, I am not sure. That’s where the Beatitudes hit me this week.

Preaching Moment 327: Otis Moss III on Preaching Mark 5

Otis Moss III discusses how to approach Mark 5 "from the underground up" when preaching, raising existential, theological and biblical questions.

"Who

Authentic Preaching: How to Prophesy

No one is a prophet because they want to be. If you do not have the reluctance of a biblical prophet, you likely do not have a message from God. If you

Mapping God's Promises

Many of you know that early on in Sermon Brainwave history, I became known as the geography maven. I am the one who usually points out in a passage a geographical

Preaching Moment 326: Otis Moss III on Preaching like MLK Jr.

Dr. Otis Moss III, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, said, "I think all of us should have prophetic proclivities. You may not see yourself

Feed Me!: What I Long to Hear from My Pew, Wheelchair, and Hospital Bed

I have spent the better part of the last 35 years trying to become a better preacher. I would try to impress my homiletics professors and fellow seminary

Timely Matters

“It was about four o'clock in the afternoon.” I have always been curious about this detail, but have never quite known what to do with it. I

Preaching Moment 325: Otis Moss III on Finding Your Voice

Dr Otis Moss III of Trinity United Church of Christ said, "You don't have to be like anyone else because no one can be a better you than you."

Listening

Preaching 1 Corinthians through Epiphany

The star that led the sages to the Christ child was at once part of the natural world and a wonder. The weeks after the Epiphany call us to notice the wonder

How Deep Is Your Bench? The Importance of Preaching with a Sixth Woman (or Man)

For this column today, I’d like to take the chance to introduce you to our Sixth Woman.

Anyone who knows me even slightly should already be raising