Craft of Preaching


A look at what's current -- how films, books, happenings relate to the preaching life.

Preaching: Our Mission Impossible

Preachers: Your mission, should you chose to accept it, is to preach the life-affirming, justice-seeking, boundary-breaking Word of God.

No big deal. Right?

Social Media and Preaching: Some Dos and Don’ts (Part 2 of 2)

In my previous article, I discussed digital citizenship and the essential ideas behind social media to argue for its value in contemporary preaching. To

Social Media and Preaching: A Primer (Part 1 of 2)

Discussions about social media -- and, specifically in our case, social media in preaching -- are important for the contemporary church. Let’s face

The Gravity of Discipleship

If you haven’t had a chance to see Alfonso Cuarón’s new sci-fi thriller, Gravity, then you need to move it up on your action-item list.

Teaching the Faith: A Lesson from the Cracker Barrel

If you have spent much time traveling along the southern interstate system, then you are undoubtedly familiar with a ubiquitous cultural landmark: the Cracker

Preaching and Wildfire

In a recent New York Times article, Michael Winerip shares some lessons learned from the ravenous fires of 1988 that consumed nearly one third of Yellowstone

Zombies and Preachers

Rarely does a horror film summon the attention of preachers, but I would argue that the recently released World War Z defies the trend. Drawing from the

Superdad: A review of Man of Steel

Last month I had the privilege of watching the new Superman movie, Man of Steel. In spite of mediocre reviews by critics (one critic described the film

Fortune Cookie Faith

The other day my family and I ordered Chinese food from a local restaurant that we love. Along with our lo mein, sweet and sour chicken and fried rice (and

The $100 Guitar Project and Preaching

How many of us preachers actually go to the Bible anymore? Now this question has nothing to do with Bible-based preaching. The question arises from a lack

A Review: Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith

Transforming the Nativity into a B-movie filled with monsters, magic, and hacked-off limbs might seem like little more than a master class in irreverence.

Neo-Narrativity: A Review of 'Looper'

Many contemporary homiletics texts will describe narrative preaching as a twentieth-century phenomenon that rose to prominence in the seventies, dominated

A Review: 'What Shall We Say?' by Thomas G. Long

In his new book for preachers, What Shall We Say?, Thomas Long pulls up a chair at the game table and considers the next move in what has been called "The

Ask Pastor Paul

One of the great challenges of preaching -- and perhaps ministry more generally -- is getting outside the ecclesial bubble that congregational leaders live

'Haywire' Homiletics

Haywire, directed by Steven Soderbergh, boasted everything I want in a movie: an acclaimed director, a blockbuster cast, and an intriguing plot.