Craft of Preaching

Preaching + Complicated Relationships

When a new friend learns I’m an only child, they often assume my life is free from complications. I am an only child who made myself and the house

Preaching about Sin and Forgiveness

Two brief stories illustrate the difficulty of preaching about sin and forgiveness these days:

First, I had the honor of bringing communion to a wonderful,

Out of Our Minds

“Out of his mind.” That seems about right when it comes to perceptions of what we believe, whom we follow, and how we live as Christians. Accusations

A Sabbath Perspective

This past week was the 26th Festival of Homiletics in Washington, D.C., “Preaching and Politics.” An appropriate place and theme for times such

If the Trinity Mattered

Confession time -- I am not a systematic theologian. So when it comes to saying something about the Trinity, the theological hairs on the back of my head

Preaching + Stereotypes

Then turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman?” - Luke 7:44a

I am a Korean-American and have served in predominately

A True Pentecost

Pentecost Sunday. A rather troubling misnomer, after all. Because even though we know in theory that the Spirit was never meant to be contained to one Sunday

Preaching to Grads

Graduate Recognition Sunday.

Just the mention is enough to give you THE SHIVERS,[1] isn’t it?

Not for every church, and not for every grad. It’s

Prayers Needed

Back in February, I was the presenter at a woman’s retreat, my fourth year in a row with a group of women from this particular church. The retreat

Savoring the Task: Keeping Easter Alive

Maybe we should pay for the high school trumpet player’s music lessons so we can keep the trumpet sounding for the great fifty days of Easter. I learned

Abide In My Love

Dear Working Preachers, so much in this passage on which to preach! Joy, love one another, laying down your life for your friends, I chose you, bear fruit,

We Need to Talk

Dear Preachers,

We need to talk. And by “we,” -- I mean, you and me.

For far too long, we (and by we, I mean you and me) have been diminishing

On Withering

“Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.” - John

Psalms that Reflect on Human Life

Three truths about humans living within a wider created world stand out frequently in the Psalms and elsewhere in the Bible. Each of these calls humans

On Being the Good Shepherd

What does “good” mean? An ambiguous adjective is a rather uncomfortable affair. One person’s “good” is not necessarily mine,