Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

Open Speech

“He said this openly.” No wonder Peter responded as he did. Rebuke seems appropriate when you are hearing something you don’t want to

A Tempting Silence

The temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, always the first Sunday of Lent, is an unnervingly muted event in Mark. Unlike Matthew and Luke, where we hear

It Is Good To Be Here

Yes, Jesus. It is good to be here. Isn’t this just the right summary of the Transfiguration? Indeed, how good it is to be here and yet how good it

A Call Story

I’ve had a persistent problem with this passage. First blush was always suspicion and resentment. I mean, after all, Simon’s mother-in-law is

“What Is This?”

“They kept on asking each other, what is this? A new teaching?”

There’s the rub of the Gospel and why the Gospel was put to death.

You Are Never Alone

This past week, I had an appointment with my therapist whom I had not seen in eight months. This session was likely the last time I will meet with her in

An Epiphany Way of Life

If you are a regular listener of Sermon Brainwave, you have come to expect that my co-hosts and I are frequently “adders.” That is, we rightly

Epiphany Preaching

Every three years, when Year B rolls around in the lectionary, my podcast co-hosts and I inevitably have the same conversation about Mark’s version

Blessing and Opposition

Then Simeon blessed Mary and said, among other things, “your child is destined to be a sign that will be opposed.” It seems a part of being

Christmas Preaching

I debated about writing a column for Christmas this year. In part, because of the 4th Sunday of Advent falling on Christmas Eve. In part, because I presume

Mary's Response

“Here I am, the servant of the Lord. Let it be with me according to your word.” I wonder what the world would be like if more people responded

Witnessing

Sometimes, Dear Working Preachers, a biblical text emboldens you, empowers you, encourages you to give witness to your life. This week’s text was

Wilderness Preaching

“A voice of one crying out in the wilderness…”

That, Dear Working Preachers, is what preaching is all about these days. If Matthew held

Advent Time

Happy Advent, Dear Working Preachers! A new church year. A new Gospel. A new start.

I have always found it interesting that the new church year begins

A Year in Perspective

Dear Working Preachers, Matthew has been a good homiletical companion this past year. Perhaps, the very Gospel we needed to preach for and into a world