Craft of Preaching

Theology and Interpretation

Working with texts and placing them within a theological framework.

Sanctuary, the Bible, and Clarification

Over the summer, you may have heard in news and social media feeds about an action taken by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), my denomination.

Imagining Leadership

Isaiah 11 (December 8) imagines several qualities of wise leadership: wisdom and understanding, council (or strategic thinking) and strength, knowledge

Learning to Pay Attention

This summer I taught a week-long continuing education course for pastors on scripture and ecology. We examined Scripture’s many references to humans

Read Before Preaching: Forming Communities of Resistance (2 of 3)

Ed. note: This is the second of three articles on “Forming Communities of Resistance.” Last week’s article, “A Thriving Community

Greening Spaces

Mark A. Torgerson’s book Greening Spaces for Worship and Ministry (Alban, 2012) offers numerous case studies of congregations that have incorporated

Preaching + Rural Life

I grew up on a small farm in Eastern North Dakota. In college, I felt a call to rural ministry. I was the rarity, whose first choice was North Dakota. My

Bathsheba and Preaching in the #MeToo Era

For over a decade, I’ve been researching the various ways that Bathsheba can -- and has -- been interpreted throughout the centuries. I am convinced

Preaching + End of Life

When people ask what I do, I am reluctant to say I am a hospice chaplain. My reluctance is not because of the work I do, rather it is because of the reaction

Change Is Possible and Needed

While the opportunities Scripture offers to speak directly of the beauty, power, and needs of the natural world are extremely frequent, especially in the

Preaching About Racism in Lent

The emotions of Lent: what feelings are evoked from putting ashes on our foreheads or talking about Jesus’ journey to the cross? What kinds of emotions

Earth Day is Easter Monday

This coming April 22, 2019, is the fiftieth year of celebrating Earth Day, which began on April 22, 1970. As such it’s the Jubilee Year of Earth Day.

Being an Immigrant Is Not a Sin

“When an alien lives with you in your land, do no mistreat him. The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as

Preaching + Indigenous Perspectives

Tribal people, Indigenous people, have been protecting and loving the natural world, God’s creation for thousands of years. Indigenous people have

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

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