Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

Just Praise

The fullness of time has indeed come (Gal 4:4) and indeed, how can we keep silent (Isa 62:1)? For we have seen God’s salvation, prepared in the presence

A Good Day to be Born

My birthday is December 24. For a long time, longer than I care to admit, I thought my birthday was actually on Christmas because my family always celebrated

Advent as a Way of Life

I wonder if the annunciation to Mary might function as a summary of the Advent season; a “hindsight is 20/20” kind of experience, kind of theology,

Advent as Testimony

Well, if last week was Advent as truth-telling, this week John’s John suggests Advent as testimony, as witness. Somewhat related, don’t you

A Truth-Telling Advent

John the Baptist. He’s the Gospel focus for the second and third Sundays of Advent. In Mark, he’s clearly Elijah (2 Kings 1:8). In John, he

Advent on the Mind

I am writing this column from San Diego where I am attending the annual meetings of the Academy of Homiletics, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the

Throne Mentality

Here we are. The last Sunday of the church year, Christ the King/Reign of Christ Sunday. The year has gone by fast, hasn’t it?

As I sat down to write

Peace and Security

“There is peace and security … ” (I Thess 5:3). Where?

A week ago Thursday, at the same time as I was walking out the back door to head

How to Wait

“Make haste to help me, Lord! Hasten to me, O God! Lord, do not delay!” The words of the Psalmist, in conversation with the Gospel and epistle

When Tears are Wiped Away

Festival Sundays are always tricky. If you are a regular listener of Sermon Brainwave, you know that our usual take on these celebrations is to preach the

The Necessity of Re-Formation

Dear Working Preachers,

For some of you preachers out there, this Sunday is Reformation Sunday. But I also know that many users of this site will not preach

Having Hope

Dear Working Preachers,

We know well the triad, “faith, hope, and love” that gloriously rounds out Paul’s chapter on Christian love in

Hospitality 101

Dear Working Preachers,

Save the date. You know those postcards you get in the mail? Well, we all just got one. God is throwing a big party -- and you

Tending the Vineyard

Dear Working Preachers,

This past week, Walter Brueggemann was on the Luther Seminary campus giving the inaugural presentations for the Fretheim Lecture

Authority Issues

Dear Working Preachers,

“By what authority are you doing these things? And who gave you this authority?”

I have a not-so-short list of persons