Craft of Preaching

Culture

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

Review of “Microaggression in Ministry: Confronting the Hidden Violence of Everyday Church”

If you are a person of color, female, LGBTQ, or a member of a religious group other than Christian, there is a high probability that you have been on the

Hands and Feet of Christ? Overrated.

We’ve all heard the saying that we are supposed to be the hands and feet of Christ. We know that it’s a reminder that together we serve as Christ’s

Preaching Climate Justice: Homiletic Reflection for a Planet in Peril

Climate change is a gospel issue, one that belongs in the pulpit. This is a question of loving our children and the generations yet unborn. When it comes

Three Kinds of Churchgoers

There are three types of churchgoers, in my experience. Members of each group can be identified by how they think about the church.

Group 1: Church as

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.