Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

The Increments of Faith

One of the hardest things about being a teacher of preachers is that I don’t serve a church. I sometimes feel like I exist in a performative contradiction.

The Bosom Of Abraham

Rock-a-my soul in the bosom of Abraham,
Rock-a-my soul in the bosom of Abraham,
Rock-a-my soul in the bosom of Abraham,
Oh, rock-a-my soul.

You know

Being Faithful In Much

A few years ago, I gave up on the idea of balance. Balance is a myth.1 It is simply not possible to keep the important things in your life in perfect balance

Lost and Found

“Issues reach the pulpit before you do." This statement by my dear friend Rev. Michael Brown, senior Pastor of Marble Collegiate Church in NYC, first

Carrying The Cross

What does the cross mean to you? You kind of have to figure that out before you can make sense of or preach on Jesus’ statement, “Whoever does

God's Pro Quo

My first reaction to the Gospel lesson this week was a movie memory: a scene from Silence of the Lambs, when Hannibal Lecter (the brilliant Anthony Hopkins)

Daughters of Abraham

“Immediately, she stood up straight and began praising God.” I have a feeling that when this woman bent over for eighteen years was finally

Division Matters

Family division. Sadly, it doesn’t take much these days to procure a pointed argument between those with whom we are supposed to be the closest. We

Treasured Possessions? Part Two

We are not done yet.

We are moving my mom into a nursing home. We are getting closer, but the sorting and the sifting and the sadness persist.

And so,

Treasured Possessions?

We moved my mom into a nursing home last week. If you are a regular reader of this column, you know that she has Parkinson’s. She also has been diagnosed

How Much More?

I am writing this column from beautiful Bay View, Michigan, a Chautauqua on the northern shore of Lake Michigan, where I am the preacher/lecturer for the

No Comparison

Martha, Martha, Martha.

If you grew up when I did, you got that reference. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia -- of Brady Bunch fame. The oldest sibling of three daughters.

The Need for Nearness

The story of the Good Samaritan is rather remarkable. It has worked its way into our culture that even the unchurched will summon its principles so as to

The Security of Seventy

The mission of the seventy is no mission I could ever imagine accepting. It sounds more like orders received from central command on the series “Mission

Every Moment Counts

When I started thinking about the DWP column for this week, my first response was, Sorry, Jesus. You are wrong. Sometimes we have to bury our dead and you