Craft of Preaching

The New Math of the Kingdom of God

Thank you for the work you do to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.

May the words that you speak be like rain that falls from heaven, and which does not

Seeing Nature through Children's Eyes

Last Christmas my son, a school principal in Miami, announced that when the apocalypse came, he and his family would seek refuge in Indiana with us, where

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

Pandemic, Race, and Environmental Justice

In my column two months ago, “Nature’s Warning,” I reflected on messages creation itself seems to be conveying through the outbreak of

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

A New Pentecost: Preaching Acts 2 in an American Context

Before the COVID-19 crisis struck worldwide, the church in the United States was already in a hostile cultural milieu, one that it helped to create.

Now

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

The Road to Emmaus Feels Longer This Year

One of the cruelest aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic is its power to deny people the opportunity to say final goodbyes to their loved ones.

For many victims,