Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

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”

At Work in the Fields of the Lord

There’s a spot in my garden, about twelve square feet, where nothing grows.

I’ve spent too much money on different kinds of plants and untold

Rest for Your Soul

Dear Working Preacher,

How are you?

No, really, how are you? How is it with your heart, your spirit?

I hope you are well. I hope that the ministry you

A Risk Worth Taking

Dear Working Preacher,

Thanks for all you do to proclaim the gospel in this broken world. For being, as Saint Paul says, steadfast, immovable, and always

Do Not Be Afraid

“Racism is not getting worse, it’s getting filmed,” said Will Smith in August 2016.

Who could have imagined how true these prophetic

A Living Word when We Can't Breathe

As you prepare for the Second Sunday after Pentecost (Ordinary 11), whether you will gather in a familiar shared space, or continue online, the need

God with Us

The people of the world and your local community are suffocating under the weight of COVID-19, white supremacy’s carnage, ballooning unemployment,

A Pentecost to Wait and Hope, Pray and Trust

The last time I wrote for this column was the week before March 15, an age ago.

I don’t know about you, but that was the week in which the world

Prayer and Quarantine

Thanks for your faithful, consistent, diligent work to preach the good news.

Thanks for giving shape to a life of hope when there is despair, to a life

A Time for Accompaniment

If ever we needed John’s pneumatology, it’s now.

Into troubled hearts and heart-wrenching questions; into abandonment and loss; into despair

Taking Refuge in the Goodness of God

The term “refuge” rings uniquely true in today’s world. Under orders to “shelter in place,” many of us are reconfiguring our

Swinging the Doors Wide Open

We can clearly see what the lectionary is doing this week!

It’s all about the Shepherd. Of course, as Karoline Lewis reminds us, it’s really