Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

Easter Courage

Dear Working Preacher,

There are moments when it feels like Matthew is almost working at cross purposes. On the one hand, the message delivered by the

The Question of the Day

Dear Working Preacher,

A few years ago I was visiting a congregation in downtown Washington, D.C. on Palm Sunday. It gathers for worship in a historic

Present-tense Salvation

Dear Working Preacher,

Do we ask too little of our people?

I ask that question with no small amount of trepidation. The churches of the Reformation,

Identity Theft, Part 2

Dear Working Preacher,

Our word “Lent,” as you know, comes from the German and Dutch words for spring ( Lenz and Lente ) which themselves derive

Leaving It All Behind

Dear Working Preacher,

This is a story of freedom, even transformation. Not, however -- and as far too many interpreters assume -- from a life of immorality

Spirit Freedom

Dear Working Preacher,

Something’s gotta change. We all know that. Patterns of congregational attendance and membership have declined for decades

Identity Theft

Dear Working Preacher,

When my kids were fairly young, they’d almost always figure out who the people in their lives were via relational categories.

"Do Not Be Afraid"

Dear Working Preacher,

“Do not be afraid.”

It’s easy to overlook the presence of these four words near the tail end of Jesus’

The Revolution Starts Here

Dear Working Preacher,

I think a lot of us probably have one of two reactions to this passage and the (in)famous commands it contains. The first is simple,

The Relational God

Dear Working Preacher,

Our relationships matter to God.

Now, I’m guessing that it was rather easy for you to listen to that statement and more

Called and Commissioned to Be Salt and Light

Dear Working Preacher,

Lately it’s occurred to me that I’ve been living something of a performative contradiction. It all started, I think,

On Beatitudes and Blessing

Dear Working Preacher,

Two questions animated -- or maybe haunted -- my exegetical study this week. I’ll ask you to wrestle with each of them along

Fishers of People

Dear Working Preacher,

My theme in a nutshell: Jesus called ordinary people right in the middle of their ordinary lives to do extraordinary things …

Notice, Share, Invite

Dear Working Preacher,

If you really want to understand why the church is declining in North America, you need to recognize how frightened most of our

Baptismal Problems and Promises

Dear Working Preacher,

Apparently, baptism was always a problem.

The first time it was a problem was when Jesus came to be baptized by John. After all,