Craft of Preaching

Hide Away

While Karoline Lewis takes a short vacation from writing this column, I’m filling in for three more weeks.

A long time ago, back when Kevin Costner

In the Fields of the Lord

While Karoline Lewis takes a short vacation from writing this column, I’m filling in for four weeks.

When I explore Matthew’s Gospel with

Never Empty

Dear Working Preachers, last week, taking a cue from Matthew 11:28, "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give

Inviting a Kingdom Imagination

Anyone out there tired of parables yet?

To be honest, Matthew’s plethora of parables is perhaps my biggest problem when it comes to the first Gospel.

Wheat and Tares and Other Truths about the Kingdom of Heaven

Dear Working Preachers,

Good and evil side by side, co-existing without set checks and balances, without resolute criteria for adjudicating which is which,

Birds, Thorns, and Other Surprising Responses to God’s Word

Dear Working Preachers,

The “Word of God” is an elusive and complicated topic, isn’t it? What comes to mind for people in the pews when

Mustard Seed Parable: A Gardener's Take

Have you ever seen a mustard plant?

It is, after all, a plant of some biblical note. Namely, that it is the “greatest of shrubs,” and so large,