Craft of Preaching

Illumination, Revelation, Transformation

Since Lent does not begin until March 2019, the season of Epiphany that begins on January 6 is one of the longest possible in the liturgical year, stretching

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,

Bilingual Preaching: Know Your Audience

On the day of Pentecost, when the apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit, they suddenly had the ability to speak in other languages (Acts 2:4).

This

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

Preaching + These Bodies

My colleagues and I were sitting in a circle in the comfortable lounge area of the building. We were talking about our favorite holiday traditions from

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,

What's in a Name?

Tiberius, Pontius Pilate, Herod, Philip, Lysanias, Annas, and Caiaphas.

These are some rather pontifical names in the midst of a story that started out

Preaching Luke in 2019

I’ve been waiting for you, Luke. I’m sure you can help us fix things.

Ever since the day after the 2016 election here in the USA, I’ve

Nothing Lasts Forever

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”

Well, Jesus. Those are words I am holding onto dearly these days. For dear

The True Kingdom

Dear Working Preachers, many of you also listen to Working Preacher’s weekly podcast, Sermon Brainwave. As a result, you know that I am an adder.

Writing Sermons, Writing Prayers: What's the Difference?

We’ve all heard them: preachers that add a “w” to the word “God.” “Gaaaa-wd calls us to luuuu-uuve our neighbor,”

Preaching + Poverty

The men’s Bible study and breakfast crew were all over 70 years old. One morning we went around the circle and shared our “poor foods,”

What Large Stones

The idolatry of grandeur is a perennial problem for us. We might even say it is a constant crisis of the human condition. We can’t seem to bypass

Preaching Under Pressure

Preaching regularly is a grind. But what about preaching under pressure?

Picture this:

Sunday. About 15 minutes after the last worship of the day has

The Widow's Might

Before you hold up the widow in Mark 12:41-44 as the ultimate example of generosity during this stewardship season. Before you suggest that her donation