Craft of Preaching

Stories and Norm

For the first million years of human existence climate change was no threat, not because our ancestors knew more than we do now, but because, unaware of

First, Do No Harm

I recently attended a funeral service for a young person whose parents I know. The service was performed at a church of another Christian denomination,

Unbind Us, Please

This January, we rush from Christmas into Epiphany, the time between too brief. We do that every year and it’s hard on me. I’m a Revised Common

Take the Challenge!

I recently heard a preacher commenting on...

“...the way we sometimes loathe ourselves and behave self-destructively. The way we hurt and wound one

The Night Sky At Christmas

We do a Blue Christmas service every year for those coping with loss. Preaching for it is one of the profound experiences of ministry.

Blue Christmas deals

Prepare the Way of the Lord

Waiting and preparation shape these days of Advent, two thousand years ago and today. In this season of Advent, a season defined and determined by faith,

Mud and Metaphor

For those of us who snoozed through high school English class decades ago: A brief review of metaphors, and why we who read Scripture care about them. Bear

Why Church?

I’m a good person. I worship God in my own way. I don’t need people telling me how I should think or what I should believe. Who needs all the

Don't Forget Who You Are

At my first synod assembly as an intern, still quite naive to the hopes and difficulties of ministry, we gathered in the bleachers as pastors were honored

Caring for Creation until End Times

When can we get to the future? Are we there yet?

Few readers of Working Preacher advocate a “quick and easy” rapture for Christians, followed

Thy Kingdom Come

Like so many of us who are of a religious ilk, I function in two worlds. The first world seems to dominate most of my time and energy. It involves getting

A Voice Amid the Wedding Noise

I have an unusually heavy schedule of weddings to perform this year -- three in the next 10 months. Which doesn’t sound heavy until you consider that’s

Great Plains, Great Change

Amtrak attracts folks who enjoy the journey as much as the destination. The Empire Builder runs a century-old course from Chicago, through Wisconsin, Minnesota,

New Life: It's Not Just a Slogan

The news was devastating.

A young man who appeared to have a lot going for him, who appeared to have a bright future, got himself into such trouble that

Wisdom Wears Sensible Shoes

Evening falls, another moment comes and goes, the voices rise and fall, each day a gift, each evening scented with lilacs or drying wheat or smoke, depending