Craft of Preaching

Sermon Development

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

Preaching Mark in Times of Strife (Part 2 of 2)

In the first article of this two-part series, the author discussed the apocalyptic tenor of the Gospel according to Mark and urged preachers to preach Mark

Preaching Mark in Times of Strife (Part 1 of 2)

Just in time. The Gospel according to Mark is about to arrive.

Perhaps, like me, you’re wondering how Mark will sound in the upcoming lectionary

How to Preach the News without Drowning

“Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household ... This

Hands-Free Preaching

I was a writer before I was a preacher. A colleague of mine, whose newspaper beat I stole, once said: “… of course I can’t turn a phrase

Preaching the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation (in 8 Parts)

Listen to the accompanying podcast for this sermon series. The podcast covers each of the eight sessions.

In perhaps his most famous sermon, Martin Luther

Rebooting Your Translation

A recent State Farm commercial depicts how a shift in context can dramatically change the meanings of words: “Is this my car?!”—with joy,

Give Them a Story

The story of God’s love incarnate in Jesus Christ is often referred to as the greatest story ever told. As preachers, we are constantly trying to

Behind the Sermon: John 3 and Immigration

When I was invited to preach on John 3 recently,1 I had the stories and the predicament of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. very much on my mind. As

The False Comfort of Agreement

Pause for a second before you start reading.

Stop. Think. Picture: Who is in your text study group?

Now, not everyone has a text study group, but we all

Authentic Preaching: How to Prophesy

No one is a prophet because they want to be. If you do not have the reluctance of a biblical prophet, you likely do not have a message from God. If you

Feed Me!: What I Long to Hear from My Pew, Wheelchair, and Hospital Bed

I have spent the better part of the last 35 years trying to become a better preacher. I would try to impress my homiletics professors and fellow seminary

Preaching 1 Corinthians through Epiphany

The star that led the sages to the Christ child was at once part of the natural world and a wonder. The weeks after the Epiphany call us to notice the wonder

How Deep Is Your Bench? The Importance of Preaching with a Sixth Woman (or Man)

For this column today, I’d like to take the chance to introduce you to our Sixth Woman.

Anyone who knows me even slightly should already be raising

Let All of Me Kneel before God’s Holy Name: A Six Part Lenten Series

This Lenten series focuses on our bodily worship of the Triune God. When we come to worship, we are to engage all of your bodies in the art and act of worship

Notes from the Field: Elections, Bulldozers, and Grief

Anybody here feel like a bulldozer has run over you a few times lately?

If so, you’re probably in a context that’s dealing with the U.S. presidential