Craft of Preaching

Now Is the Time

Be careful with this one, Dear Working Preachers. The story of Mary and Martha in Luke’s Gospel has been subject to feats of hermeneutical acrobatics

Loved Into Future

I wonder if in this moment, when Jesus is being loved with a grace upon grace kind of love, an abundance of love, a love that you could even smell, with

Keeping Company with Mary

Never underestimate the ponderings of a mother. On this first Sunday of Christmas, once again we find Mary pausing to wonder what all of this means. Here,

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

Preaching + Fertility Struggles

Advent brings the sense of delighted expectation that Jesus, God’s own son and the one whom we follow, will be coming into the world. Images abound

Preaching Adoption

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said

A Merciful Advent

Listen closely. Anything sound familiar in Mary’s Magnificat? Notice anything similar between Mary’s song and Jesus’ inaugural sermon

Advent as a Way of Life

I wonder if the annunciation to Mary might function as a summary of the Advent season; a “hindsight is 20/20” kind of experience, kind of theology,

Matthew's Version of the Incarnation

Dear Working Preacher,

Just two thoughts as we approach the fourth Sunday in Advent. Just two thoughts on Matthew’s account of the birth of Jesus.

Mary, Martha, and the Search for a More Useful Faith

Dear Working Preacher,

 

I think the word “useful” has gotten a bad rap. At least in the church. I’m not sure what it is, but I

Questions about Discipleship

Dear Working Preacher,

First and foremost, a word of thanks. Your comments in response to my column last week offered a profound testimony to the power

Learning to Tell Time

Dear Working Preacher,

You know what they say: timing is everything. Whether it’s telling a joke, making a dramatic entrance in a stage show, or

A Promise That Changes the World

Dear Working Preacher,

Over the past several days I've experienced, as you probably have, a range of emotions in response to the mass killing of twenty

Preaching Luke through Advent, Year C

Advent's themes, coming right from the Gospel texts for each of the season's four Sundays -- 1) Luke 21:25-36; 2) Luke 3:1-6, 3) Luke 3:7-18, and 4) Luke

Mary, Martha, and My Dad

Dear Working Preacher,

As you well know, there are few passages that have caused more consternation among Christians than this one. It almost feels like