Craft of Preaching

Forming Communities of Resistance: A 4-week preaching series

Ed. note: Don’t miss last week's article by the same author entitled, “Read Before Preaching: Forming Communities of Resistance

Being a Prophet in Another Person's Hometown

I’m in a unique ministry context. My job involves regularly inviting guests to preach for our Sunday morning worship services. We welcome guest preachers

Preaching About Racism in Lent

The emotions of Lent: what feelings are evoked from putting ashes on our foreheads or talking about Jesus’ journey to the cross? What kinds of emotions

Crossing the Kingdom

Transitions matter.

“On that day” -- on what day, exactly? Inquiring minds want to know, Mark.

Well, on the same day, as it turns out, that

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

Loyalties

I suspect that many of us might be a bit weary of Matthew by now. And to be honest, I thought I would be as well. But I have had a change of heart these

Not Peace but a Sword

“Not peace but a sword.” I resist this saying of Jesus. I resist it a lot, not only because it sounds so wrong. On so many levels. I resist

Weightier Matters: Faith, Justice, and Mercy

As I prepare this month’s column, the scripture that refuses to let me rest is:

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe

Behind the Sermon: John 3 and Immigration

When I was invited to preach on John 3 recently,1 I had the stories and the predicament of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. very much on my mind. As

New "Holy Days for Justice" Add Breadth and Depth to Preaching

The Revised Common Lectionary is the backbone of preaching in many congregations. Yet, like every finite entity, the Revised Common Lectionary does not

When Bad Things Happen

Dear Working Preacher,

Some biblical passages, like some flammable materials, should probably carry a warning label: handle with care. This story –

God, Caesar, and the Power of a Good Question

Dear Working Preacher,

Let me re-introduce you to three of the most powerful words in the world. Now, I know what you're thinking, and while "I love you"

The Undomesticated God

Dear Working Preacher,

Here we are again, looking at the first Sunday in Advent, the beginning of a new church year, and...another apocalyptic text. Which