Craft of Preaching

Sermon Development

Tips for effective proclamation, from advance prep work to gathering feedback.

Collaborative Preaching with Church Members

As a preacher regularly stirred by reading and interpreting the Bible collaboratively with church members, I began exploring an entirely collaborative sermon

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

Preach like Jacob? Times When It’s Good to Limp

I have a confession: I have had the tendency, throughout my life, to be the type of person where when things get too hard, I quit.

It’s not something

Preaching to Grads

Graduate Recognition Sunday.

Just the mention is enough to give you THE SHIVERS,[1] isn’t it?

Not for every church, and not for every grad. It’s

We Need to Talk

Dear Preachers,

We need to talk. And by “we,” -- I mean, you and me.

For far too long, we (and by we, I mean you and me) have been diminishing

Preaching + Trauma

[This article is co-authored by Jessica Davis.]

“They cried to the Lord in their trouble, and Ze delivered them from their distress; Ze brought them

Preaching Acts in Easter (Year B)

As reliable as lilies, bonnets, and chocolate bunnies, every year the Acts of the Apostles shows up during the Easter season. While some preachers reach

When Safe Spaces Become Toxic Places (Part 2 of 2)

“For those of us preachers who are viewed as aberrations or abominations, there are certain stories whose edges dig sharply into our souls. It is

Preaching + Care for Caregivers

“Be still and know that I am God!” -- Psalm 46:10

Caregiving is a labor of love. Whether for a family member who is ill, an elderly relative

A Preacher’s Case for Safe Space

“Definition of safe space: a place (as on a college campus) intended to be free of bias, conflict, criticism, or potentially threatening

Preaching Beyond Words

I find the central task of preaching and mothering to be the same -- to share God’s love. As a preacher I hope the words I preach inspire the hearers

The Call to “I AM”: A Five-Part Lenten Series

Working Preacher’s Lenten Series this year focuses on the “I AM” statements in the Gospel of John for the sake of intentional reflection

Nevertheless She Preached

When the news broke that my Baptist seminary would be hosting a lecture by a religious leader known for his opposition to women in ministry, I chose not

New Year's Resolutions for Preachers

Twelve resolutions for preachers, in no particular order:

  1. Show your work
    Try doing a little exegetical show and tell. During a sermon, bring your Bible

Blessings Precede You

In my last Working Preacher article, “How to Preach the News without Drowning,” I encouraged preachers to take a few minutes’ reflection