Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

Resurrection Now

Last week I was with some folks who for twenty-plus years have committed to gathering together for what they call an Ecumenical Lenten Renewal. I offered

On Being Found

He found him. A seemingly ordinary moment in the plot that is the healing of the man born blind until you realize that Jesus has been gone for twenty-eight

Holy Conversations

I know, Working Preachers. This story is overwhelming. So much going on. So many places to land. Of course, this is the challenge with any text, but somehow

John 3:16

John 3:16. Perhaps the most well-known Bible verse and yet also one of the most destructive -- an assertion of exclusion rather than one of God’s

Choice Temptations

It is tempting to make Jesus’ temptation something that it is not. And, it is tempting to make Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness the only

Change Matters

Dear Working Preachers, I feel like I need to begin with some rather unsolicited advice: do not preach some sort of sermon on the how the Transfiguration

Be Perfect

I am a perfectionist. I know this about myself and people have rarely hesitated to confirm it. Yet, typical advice to me usually goes something like this:

Choose Life

Choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19). Not as easy as it sounds these days. This rather obvious litmus test for what it means to a disciple in the Kingdom of

Just Be It

If you want to know what it’s looked like lately to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world, Google the Women’s March of January

Righteous Living

Do you really hunger and thirst for righteousness?

Sometimes, perhaps most times, I am not sure. That’s where the Beatitudes hit me this week.

Mapping God's Promises

Many of you know that early on in Sermon Brainwave history, I became known as the geography maven. I am the one who usually points out in a passage a geographical

Timely Matters

“It was about four o'clock in the afternoon.” I have always been curious about this detail, but have never quite known what to do with it. I

You Are All My Beloved

Preaching on the baptism of Jesus requires a significant amount of homiletical restraint. Our denominational desires tend to lean toward sermons that try

Innocence Lost?

Happy New Year, Dear Working Preachers.

From different kinds of correspondence with many of you -- emails, Facebook, being together at conferences -- 2016

The Meaning of Christmas

Merry Christmas, Dear Working Preachers.

I hope you will be forgiving of a rather personal perspective on Christmas for this week’s column. Yet,