Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

A Family Reunion of Saints

Thank you for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ—that in Christ Jesus, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting our sins against us,

Truthiness vs. Truth-telling

“You will know the truth and the truth will make you free.”

I cannot read this saying of Jesus without pondering the times in which we live.

Trap Questions

Thank you for what you do to preach the Word of God, in season and out of season.

Thank you for proclaiming the counter reality of God’s kingdom


The last time I contributed a “Dear Working Preacher” column, I insisted that sermons have to set people free.

Some biblical texts make that

Calling a Thing What It Actually Is

Do you know that Mahalia Jackson song, Rusty Old Halo? When I read the Gospel passage this week, I found that I couldn’t get that song out of my head.

The New Math of the Kingdom of God

Thank you for the work you do to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.

May the words that you speak be like rain that falls from heaven, and which does not

Forgiveness Is at the Core

It was an astonishing thing to see.

A young black man sat in the witness stand of a courtroom in Dallas, speaking to the white woman on trial, Amber Guyger,

Opening the Door to Reconciliation

In 2019, Jia Tolentino (staff writer at The New Yorker) identified five intersecting problems created by the internet: 

[F]irst, how the internet

Security or Stumbling Block?

“From this moment on …”

This phrase has richer meaning for some of your listeners these days. It’s been a long year for us all.

The Preacher as Liberator

We preach to set people free.

Freedom is the hallmark of the Christian message.

We know that because it is such a familiar theme in the New Testament.

Trying Not to Be a Hero

Early in my college career I took an introductory music history course.

On the first day of class, the professor asked us, “What do you do while

Out of Our Forts, into the World

How are you? I stopped and prayed for you as I wrote this piece—you who get up to preach the Gospel week in and week out to a weary world. And oh,

The God Who Feels -- and Feeds

Grace and peace to you, Working Preacher, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for preaching the word

Open Us to the World

Let’s revisit the year so far: COVID-19, the killing of George Floyd, widespread protests demanding for racial justice, impeachment, a fractious Democratic

Stop Weeding and Start Watching

It happened again. I only have to write this column periodically, while you have to prepare a sermon every week.

So why is it again “Saturday night”