Craft of Preaching

A Pentecost to Wait and Hope, Pray and Trust

The last time I wrote for this column was the week before March 15, an age ago.

I don’t know about you, but that was the week in which the world

A New Pentecost: Preaching Acts 2 in an American Context

Before the COVID-19 crisis struck worldwide, the church in the United States was already in a hostile cultural milieu, one that it helped to create.

Now

A True Pentecost

Pentecost Sunday. A rather troubling misnomer, after all. Because even though we know in theory that the Spirit was never meant to be contained to one Sunday

Spirit Work

This year’s Festival of Homiletics in San Antonio -- and great to see so many of you there! -- was Barbara Brown Taylor’s last time as a presenter.

The Spirit Catches You and You Run and Hide

The title to this article is a riff on the 1997 book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman. It’s the story, ultimately,

Back to Reality

Back to reality. Perhaps that’s what many of you might be feeling right now. Easter is over. Pentecost has past. Ordinary time settles in to its rather

Spirit Focus

Happy Pentecost, Dear Working Preachers! At the risk of sounding like the proverbial broken record, are you ready for preaching this Sunday that celebrates

Spirit Feelings

Dear Working Preachers! How many of you were at the Festival of Homiletics this past week? If you were not able to attend, I hope to see you next year

A New Pentecost? A Season of Social Media

Lent. A time for self-reflection, austerity, and somber music. A time to put away the alleluias and remember Jesus’ road to Calvary. A time for selfies

Pentecost Dreams

Dear Working Preacher,

Pentecost is the time to dream.

Come to think of it, maybe every season in the church is a time to dream. After all, we worship

When Will Your Next Pentecost Be?

Dear Working Preacher,

 

Though I am normally cautious to generalize from my particular experience, when it comes to Pentecost I’m going to

The Mighty, Rushing Wind

God’s Spirit blows through most of the lectionary passages during this Pentecost month, from Psalm 104:30 (“When you send forth your spirit,

Pentecost Change

Dear Working Preacher,

Because Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit, we usually offer special prayers that the Holy Spirit will fall afresh

Pentecost Paradoxes

Dear Working Preacher,

What would you say if I suggested that we regularly misinterpret Pentecost? Actually, not just misinterpret it a little, but generally