Craft of Preaching

New Year's Resolutions for Preachers

Twelve resolutions for preachers, in no particular order:

  1. Show your work
    Try doing a little exegetical show and tell. During a sermon, bring your Bible

Feed Me!: What I Long to Hear from My Pew, Wheelchair, and Hospital Bed

I have spent the better part of the last 35 years trying to become a better preacher. I would try to impress my homiletics professors and fellow seminary

Preaching the Election: Special Edition podcast

Listen to or download the podcast on preaching the U.S. presidential election.

In the intro to this Sermon Brainwave special edition podcast, Rolf Jacobson

Durable Faith

Jesus’ commandment to love God, others, and self seems like an easy message to convey. People want, need, and long for love, right? Yet, ask any preacher.

Preaching Moment 310: Yvette Flunder on Selecting Texts

Yvette Flunder describes how she selects texts for her sermons, beginning with the situations of her hearers and moving to the biblical witness.

"Oftentimes

John 3:16 -- What Else Is There To Say?

John 3:14. Not even a close second to John 3:16 but certainly the reason why these verses from Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus make up the designated

Review: New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis

When Eliza Doolittle is finally able to say, “The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain,” Henry Higgins blurts out, “I think she’s

An Existential Encounter with the Text

Just the thought of doing exegesis for one more sermon is enough to make some preachers want to scream. We all realize that good exegetical work is vital

Preaching the Bible to Those Who Have Never Read It

Blockbuster films and scandalous exposé-style books based on the Bible continue to generate millions of dollars. Nevertheless, many pastors and church

Crowd-Sourced Preaching

Preachers, when preparing to preach, have been getting help and insights from other sources almost from the beginning -- from the Biblical text itself,

Preaching Moment 274: Rolf Jacobson

Rolf Jacobson discusses ways to bring forward the biblical text in the sermon. He suggests a few simple tactics for reminding the congregation of this focus.

Preaching Moment 273: Susan Hedahl

Susan Hedahl discusses the importance and primacy of a Scriptural text to a sermon.

Preaching Moment 270: Henry Langknecht

Henry Langknecht reflects on what the "literal sense of Scripture" really means. For Langknecht, it is the way the reading comes to life in the congregation

Mary, Martha, and the Search for a More Useful Faith

Dear Working Preacher,

 

I think the word “useful” has gotten a bad rap. At least in the church. I’m not sure what it is, but I

The $100 Guitar Project and Preaching

How many of us preachers actually go to the Bible anymore? Now this question has nothing to do with Bible-based preaching. The question arises from a lack