Craft of Preaching

Forgiveness 101

“How often should I forgive, Jesus?” Of course, Jesus’ response to Peter’s question doesn’t really provide an answer but rather

The Cross at a Crossroads

Before the cross became equated with salvation and a symbol for a religion, it denoted something too often overlooked in our theological machinations. It

The Laborers Are Few

“Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons.” What would the world look like if the primary ways by which we imagined

A Trinitarian Difference

Trinity Sunday is a hard one to figure out. Any sermon that tries to explain the Trinity will likely end up as interesting as the proverbial watching paint

Righteous Living

Do you really hunger and thirst for righteousness?

Sometimes, perhaps most times, I am not sure. That’s where the Beatitudes hit me this week.

Matthew and Mark and Mysteries

We are in Advent, and a new church year is beginning.

We have scoured and scraped ourselves through the book of Matthew with all its blessings and gnashings

The Oddly Comforting World of Saint Matthew

Preaching is little things carrying big things. It’s all about figuring out how to tell the story of Christ; this weighty promise on our transitory

Living Beyond Fear

Dear Working Preacher,

I’m writing this letter just after watching the U.S. World Cup match against Ghana and in this context remembered something

The Year of Matthew or When Small Birds Return

Without small birds, the world would be very quiet. In fact, it would hardly make a sound. In January the northern hemisphere is locked in silence, and

Preaching Moment 284: Thomas Long on Preaching Matthew

Tom Long offers tips for preaching Matthew, the featured gospel in Year A of the Revised Common Lectionary.

The structure of the Gospel of Matthew, according

Preaching Matthew, Part II: “Reorientation into God’s Reign”

Matthew’s Gospel gives us a blueprint for life taught by Jesus who is introduced from the outset as located solidly in Israel’s story. The genealogy

Disorientation into Matthew’s World: Preaching Matthew, Part I

Preachers have an opportunity throughout Year A to set the specific world of Matthew’s community beside our own. That is the focus of this essay.

The Four Gospels: My (Quirky and Beloved) Neighbors

I was talking with my friend Nadia Bolz-Weber about why we need four gospels.

We talked about how the gospels are embodied, real, and so much so that you

Reclaiming the Great Commission

Dear Working Preacher,

I'll admit, I don't have statistics to back this up yet, but I'm still willing to wager a considerable sum on the proposition that

Preaching from Matthew’s Gospel: Major Themes and Forms of Teaching

The evangelist who wrote the Gospel of Matthew (whom we shall call "Matthew" in spite of his anonymity) was very much interested in the teaching of Jesus.