Craft of Preaching

Preaching + Suicide Prevention

In my own struggles with suicidality as a teen and young adult, the church was instrumental in saving my life. The congregation I grew up in was nonjudgmental

Preaching “Praises”

We get the name “Psalms” from the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible: the word psalmos roughly corresponds to the translation of the Hebrew

A Tyre Mentality

It seems that no one can keep quiet when in the presence of God, as much as Jesus orders silence. “For saying that, the demon has left your daughter.”

Preaching Moment 348: Luke Powery on Preaching Mark 10

Luke Powery considers ways for preachers to navigate difficult scripture passages, including Psalm 137 (Pent 17C/Ord. 27C) and Mark 10 (Pent 20B/Ord. 27B).

Searching the Heart

No one is exempt from a strong searching of the heart. That’s the first thing that we should notice about these selected verses from Mark 7. The Pharisees,

In Between Spaces

If you have already listened to Sermon Brainwave for this week, then you probably know what I am going to say right out of the gate -- add verses 70-71

Holy Conversation

Wow. It sure doesn’t take long to go from grumbling to arguing, from complaining to quarreling. And it seems it doesn’t take much, either. I

Truth Matters

I’ve always been puzzled by the idea of the unforgivable sin, identified in Mark as blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Mark 3:28-30).

The passage

Manna Again

The Gospel of John is a dangerous book. In the hands of those who need or want a God who chooses sides, a God they can control, a God who excludes, a God

Who’s at the Table? Planning Worship in Community

My first call was in a mixed-race neighborhood, across the street from a public middle school. The playground in our front yard was a beautiful reflection

Sign, Sign, Everywhere A Sign

Dear Working Preachers, have you noticed that signs are often misinterpreted? While we count on them to point us in the right direction, with everything

Being Fed

I know what you’re thinking, Dear Working Preachers. Five weeks of John 6. The bane of a preacher’s existence. Wishing you had taken a vacation,

Preaching Moment 347: Luke Powery on Preaching in a Spiritual Mode

Preaching in a spiritual mode, as the Rev. Luke Powery puts it, is preaching with an awareness of the spiritual, homiletical tradition, with the way we

Preaching + Food

My preaching turned to food around eight years ago when I grew tired of visiting members of my church in the hospital for diet-related illnesses. I wanted

Letting Go

Deserted places are critical places. They are not always comfortable, although here in Mark Jesus seems to imply that they are. But that would be a grand