Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

Preaching Nazareth

"Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."

Or has it? Jesus seems convinced of it, at least. And to get a little Greek geeky on you, the

Abundance For All

Deciding on one preaching point for this passage seems adversative, to say the least, to this story when the main message of Jesus’ miracle at Cana

The Power of 'You'

Never underestimate the power of “you,” especially in the second person singular. We know how “you” feels. Like you are the only

Following a Star

“When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him.” Ah yes, Herod. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

When persons in power

Keeping Company with Mary

Never underestimate the ponderings of a mother. On this first Sunday of Christmas, once again we find Mary pausing to wonder what all of this means. Here,

Hardly Waiting

If we are looking for models of ministry in our modern times, Mary and Elizabeth should come to mind. On this Fourth Sunday of Advent, with Christmas only

The Time Is Now

An Advent message that calls out privilege and abuse of power will likely not be popular proclamation. Especially in the season that celebrates consumerism,

What's in a Name?

Tiberius, Pontius Pilate, Herod, Philip, Lysanias, Annas, and Caiaphas.

These are some rather pontifical names in the midst of a story that started out

Nothing Lasts Forever

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”

Well, Jesus. Those are words I am holding onto dearly these days. For dear

The True Kingdom

Dear Working Preachers, many of you also listen to Working Preacher’s weekly podcast, Sermon Brainwave. As a result, you know that I am an adder.

What Large Stones

The idolatry of grandeur is a perennial problem for us. We might even say it is a constant crisis of the human condition. We can’t seem to bypass

The Widow's Might

Before you hold up the widow in Mark 12:41-44 as the ultimate example of generosity during this stewardship season. Before you suggest that her donation

For All The Saints

Dear Working Preachers, again this week I am going to straddle two Sundays, All Saints Sunday and the 24th Sunday after Pentecost. Because the brief passage

Reformers In Our Midst

“Take courage, get up, he is calling you.”

Whether you are preaching this Sunday on Bartimaeus or with a Reformation celebration in mind, this

Be Careful What You Wish For

“Be careful what you wish for.” We are all too familiar with this phrase and have a pretty good idea of what it means -- you may very well get