Craft of Preaching

Give Them a Story

The story of God’s love incarnate in Jesus Christ is often referred to as the greatest story ever told. As preachers, we are constantly trying to

Preaching Baptism in the Days of Easter

When I served a church in Atlanta, the churches on Ponce de Leon Avenue -- Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, and Lutheran -- met outside in the glorious

Not Proof But Perspective

A few years ago, Working Preacher produced a video Easter is Coming with which many of you are familiar. Take another look. I return to this resource again

Preaching from the Book of Acts during Easter

Easter is coming, which means the Acts of the Apostles is about to claim its annual place in the Revised Common Lectionary. Acts provides passages for the

Preaching the Easter Vigil

We gather in old and new ways, and in new and old ways, holding vigil and celebrating Easter. We gather as our forefathers and -mothers of the faith have

Preaching Moment 312: Luke Powery on What Holds Us Back

Luke Powery argues that a limited imagination of who God is and what God can do limits the ministry of the church and its vision for the future.

"If we

Resurrection Matters

Happy Easter, preachers! We have some resurrection matters to address.

I am torn. Mark or John? John or Mark? I am usually inclined to say that a preacher

Resurrection Community on Earth

Easter and post-Easter lectionary passages naturally dwell on resurrection and salvation, themes that Christians sometimes separate from earthly concerns.

Easter Courage

Dear Working Preacher,

There are moments when it feels like Matthew is almost working at cross purposes. On the one hand, the message delivered by the

Easter Green

In 1970, in the midst of the Vietnam War, when V-8 engines ruled, gas mileage was low, industrial pollution hovered over most American cities, the first

Saving Souls

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

If It's Not Hard to Believe, You're Probably Not Paying Attention!

Dear Working Preacher,

One of the common elements of the resurrection stories across the gospels is that no one expects the resurrection. Even though Jesus

The Easter Tree

Christ is risen, Working Preacher!
Christ is risen, indeed!

This is the day, the pinnacle of the church year, the reason we gather to worship the God whose

Preaching Moment 010: Anna Carter Florence

Anna Carter Florence talks about the incredible, almost unbelievable, nature of the gospel we preach.