Craft of Preaching

Theology and Interpretation

Working with texts and placing them within a theological framework.

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 + 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

Guest Preaching in an Age of ‘Too Political’

As a preacher, I realize I should open with some things we all agree on, build up some rapport, and gain your trust first. Then, once I've been there for

God’s Open Hand

Several weeks of Gospel texts this summer read John 6, beginning with the story of Jesus’ feeding the multitudes with five barley loaves and two fish.

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 + 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

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

People Get It, but Need Leadership

I recently returned from a weekend in a large Presbyterian church in Michigan, where I was asked to speak about the faith dimensions of creation care and

Preaching + Recovery

As someone who is formerly homeless, formerly incarcerated, and in long-term recovery I often find “Lenten disciplines” to be a funny deal.

Preaching on Faith + Science

“I’m not qualified to preach on science and faith.”

This statement is more common than I would like to admit. I have even -- true confessions

Creation Care and Kilowatt Hours

Recently I was asked to speak in a church in the bluegrass area of central Kentucky on two related topics: “Creation Care and Kilowatt Hours”

Preaching + Disabilities

His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his

Preaching + Fertility Struggles

Advent brings the sense of delighted expectation that Jesus, God’s own son and the one whom we follow, will be coming into the world. Images abound

Hearing Both Cries

The Bible’s sensitivity not only to the natural world but to economic justice for the lowly is truly remarkable, given Scripture’s origins during

Preaching + Domestic Violence

I will never forget what it felt like to sit in a pew in a church as I was waiting for the service to begin, reading through the bulletin and seeing these