Craft of Preaching

Sabbath Lessons in Quarantined Time

For 12 years, I have been exploring the concept of Sabbath, and my congregation has been practicing it together and letting it shape us.

Sabbath is an

Demanding that God Show Up

Well, here we are, dear Working Preacher, in the early days after Easter, having finished what one social media meme called “the Lentiest Lent [we]

For A Time Such as This

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

As ever, Working Preacher, thanks for preaching the good news of Easter in a Good Friday world. In a world

When the Earth Shakes

The parades have been canceled. Maybe some postponed. The palms have been placed in a corner or a closet—what to do with them now? And Holy Week?

Seeing God’s Faithfulness in the Face of Disaster

What a year we have had in the last week! Compelled to consider entirely new ways of “gathering” for corporate worship, we are inundated with

Creating Anew in Chaos: Preaching Easter in Year A

In these weeks and months of anxiety about viruses and quarantines, about extreme polarization in speech and politics, about the ever-present violence (in

Coronavirus, John 9, and What the Church Is Doing Here Anyway

Charismatic and controversial throughout his ministry, the Jesus we meet in the Gospels has a way of rewiring people’s assumptions about how things

A Deeper Family Story

“Connect to a deeper family story,” urges the website Ancestry.com. For a price, the service will connect you to the stories of your ancestors,

3:16

Thank you for preaching the good news. The world is so full of bad news, sad news, angry news, judgmental news, scary news, divisive news, death news. Those

Tending Lent

Two homiletical traps (pun intended) lie in wait when it comes to the story of Jesus’ temptation.

The first preaching slip-up is to view Jesus’

Recognize (and Protect) Everyday Miracles

How about giving up discontent for Lent?

There’s a complaint heard sometimes in our household: “If I didn’t do this, it wouldn’t

Overturning Messiah

Those of us who stay up late watching “As Seen on TV” ads may remember seeing the Topsy Turvy upside-down tomato planter. This product allows

Right or Righteous?

You read the text for this week and they sound so familiar.

Maybe, you sense the sermon you are preparing seems like a repeat. Haven’t you preached

Conversion and New Life: Preaching Lent in Year A

Year A immerses the congregation into the captivating readings from the Gospel of John: Nicodemus, the woman at the well, the man born blind, and Lazarus.

Shine On, You Working Preachers

You are the light of the world.

Not Jesus, but you. And the you is plural. You, Working Preachers, are the light of the world.

I know the Gospel of John