Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

The Being of Salvation

“All flesh shall see the salvation of God.” Well, that depends.

The criteria we set in place for a claim like this makes for a rather large

Why Advent?

Oh my, Working Preachers. This text from Luke? At this time? In these circumstances? Too many people will hear Jesus’ words as those that predict

Kings of Relationship

"My kingdom is not from this world,” says Jesus. No kidding. That seems pretty obvious. Yet at the same time, this has to be one of the most obscure

Storied Stones

“What large stones and what large buildings?” If you have ever been to the Holy Land, you know just how big those stones really are. I have

Whole Life Living

“Her whole life.” That’s what she gave, friends. The Greek is certain. Clear. Little room for wiggle room. Not a portion. Not a tithe.

Saintly Activity

“Love your neighbor as yourself” is a fitting text for both a Sunday after Pentecost and All Saints Sunday.

According to Jesus, a mark of discipleship

No More Silence

“Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly.” Thank God. Literally. Bartimaeus won’t be told to shut up.

The Ability of Ableness

"We are able." Wow. We are so certain, aren’t we? We think we are capable of so much. We really do. And why? What is it about us that we locate our

The Thing You Lack

"You lack one thing.” Ouch. I fear I lack much more than one thing, do you?

But what does this fellow lack, exactly? Of course, there’s all

Dependence Needs

This is one of those texts.

Call it difficult, challenging, or even a text of terror, there is simply no way you can read aloud Mark 10:2-16, or Genesis

On Seeing Yourself

“We saw someone….” That’s how a lot of judgment starts, doesn’t it? "Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name,

The Nature of Faith

What is the nature of faith? That’s kind of what Jesus is asking the disciples with his unassuming question, “soooooo, what were you chatting

Location Matters

Location, location, location. We know how important location is, but when it comes to interpreting the Bible, it matters on many levels. There’s location

God Said Yes to Me

Something different, Working Preachers. I want to begin the column this week with a reading that I think captures some of the spirit we see and hear in

Heart Tellings

Speaking the truth from your heart. There’s a concept. Welcome back to Mark after five weeks in John 6 and is this ever an appropriate place for reentry