Craft of Preaching

Scriptural Economics

Editor's Note: During September (the four weeks leading up to the Feast Day of St. Francis), a growing number of congregations adopt the alternate lectionary

Pastor, You're Wasting Your Life!

Have you ever had a particular Word of God that has rested innocuously for years in the Bible’s pages suddenly jump up and hit you right between the

The Four Gospels: My (Quirky and Beloved) Neighbors

I was talking with my friend Nadia Bolz-Weber about why we need four gospels.

We talked about how the gospels are embodied, real, and so much so that you

Giving Gardens

A Look Ahead: During September, leading up to the Feast Day of St. Francis, a growing number of congregations adopt the alternate lectionary Season of Creation.

Preaching to Angels

I’ll never forget standing among a crowd in a tunnel as the University of Minnesota marching band strode past, row after row of drums thundering,

A Sustaining, Sustainable Gospel

During ordinary time this summer and fall, the lectionary offers semi-continuous readings from Luke and from several different epistles. Semi-continuous

The Spiritual Echo Chamber

In trying to explain the rash of abysmal election predictions by media pundits, political analysts offered the concept of the “echo chamber.”

A Very Rare Flower

“As we continue to watch the regrowth, nature’s ability to recover after a fire is truly amazing and worth emulating. I challenge you to go

Sundays Happen

“Sundays Happen” is a monthly column where we can playfully and thoughtfully wrestle with the realities of the process and practice of proclaiming

Extra-Ordinary Time

June brings the extraordinary time of summer harvest and outdoor enjoyment. But the lectionary enters “ordinary time,” offering semi-continuous

Church Wars

Faith in God is supposed to bring new life, peace, understanding, and healing to creation. So why does it so often seem to bring the opposite? Why does

Visions and Raspberries and Redemption

It turns out that the center of the Milky Way might smell like rum and taste a bit like raspberries. Ethyl formate, one of the molecules that gives raspberries

The Mighty, Rushing Wind

God’s Spirit blows through most of the lectionary passages during this Pentecost month, from Psalm 104:30 (“When you send forth your spirit,

Saving Souls

I experienced an uncomfortable moment recently when someone expressed admiration for my chosen vocation, which was characterized as “saving souls.”

Ashamed of Me and Mine

When I saw Pope Francis lean over and kiss that severely disabled man in the crowd at his inaugural mass, I was almost undone. What I saw was my sister’s