Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

Insights, ideas and inspiration related to the coming week's lectionary texts.

“What Is This?”

“They kept on asking each other, what is this? A new teaching?”

There’s the rub of the Gospel and why the Gospel was put to death.

You Are Never Alone

This past week, I had an appointment with my therapist whom I had not seen in eight months. This session was likely the last time I will meet with her in

An Epiphany Way of Life

If you are a regular listener of Sermon Brainwave, you have come to expect that my co-hosts and I are frequently “adders.” That is, we rightly

Epiphany Preaching

Every three years, when Year B rolls around in the lectionary, my podcast co-hosts and I inevitably have the same conversation about Mark’s version

Blessing and Opposition

Then Simeon blessed Mary and said, among other things, “your child is destined to be a sign that will be opposed.” It seems a part of being

Christmas Preaching

I debated about writing a column for Christmas this year. In part, because of the 4th Sunday of Advent falling on Christmas Eve. In part, because I presume

Mary's Response

“Here I am, the servant of the Lord. Let it be with me according to your word.” I wonder what the world would be like if more people responded

Witnessing

Sometimes, Dear Working Preachers, a biblical text emboldens you, empowers you, encourages you to give witness to your life. This week’s text was

Wilderness Preaching

“A voice of one crying out in the wilderness…”

That, Dear Working Preachers, is what preaching is all about these days. If Matthew held

Advent Time

Happy Advent, Dear Working Preachers! A new church year. A new Gospel. A new start.

I have always found it interesting that the new church year begins

A Year in Perspective

Dear Working Preachers, Matthew has been a good homiletical companion this past year. Perhaps, the very Gospel we needed to preach for and into a world

Entrustment

It is really rather simple. What are you doing with what you have been given? The rub of the parable of course, is to determine with what you have been

Hurry Up and Wait

“Hurry up and wait.” Whenever I talk to my mother these days, this somewhat new life circumstance is something she frequently mentions. There

Words For A Time Such As This

As Year A, the year of the Gospel of Matthew, winds down, a revisiting of the Beatitudes seems appropriate, timely, even necessary. For those of you preaching

Freedom and Obligation

Dear Working Preachers, happy 500th Anniversary of the Reformation for some of you! And for others, happy 21st Sunday after Pentecost! Given those most