Craft of Preaching

Rest for Your Soul

Dear Working Preacher,

How are you?

No, really, how are you? How is it with your heart, your spirit?

I hope you are well. I hope that the ministry you

A Risk Worth Taking

Dear Working Preacher,

Thanks for all you do to proclaim the gospel in this broken world. For being, as Saint Paul says, steadfast, immovable, and always

Do Not Be Afraid

“Racism is not getting worse, it’s getting filmed,” said Will Smith in August 2016.

Who could have imagined how true these prophetic

A Living Word when We Can't Breathe

As you prepare for the Second Sunday after Pentecost (Ordinary 11), whether you will gather in a familiar shared space, or continue online, the need

Nurture the Seed of Faith: Preaching Time after Pentecost in Year A (Part 1)

The church year continues with what has often been called “ordinary time” or the “time after Pentecost.”

We are also reconnecting

God with Us

The people of the world and your local community are suffocating under the weight of COVID-19, white supremacy’s carnage, ballooning unemployment,

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

Prayer and Quarantine

Thanks for your faithful, consistent, diligent work to preach the good news.

Thanks for giving shape to a life of hope when there is despair, to a life

A Time for Accompaniment

If ever we needed John’s pneumatology, it’s now.

Into troubled hearts and heart-wrenching questions; into abandonment and loss; into despair

Nature's Warning

I live in Indiana near Louisville, Kentucky. Since mid-March, Kentucky’s governor Andy Beshear has offered an update every afternoon concerning the

Taking Refuge in the Goodness of God

The term “refuge” rings uniquely true in today’s world. Under orders to “shelter in place,” many of us are reconfiguring our

Swinging the Doors Wide Open

We can clearly see what the lectionary is doing this week!

It’s all about the Shepherd. Of course, as Karoline Lewis reminds us, it’s really

The Road to Emmaus Feels Longer This Year

One of the cruelest aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic is its power to deny people the opportunity to say final goodbyes to their loved ones.

For many victims,

Demanding that God Show Up

Well, here we are, dear Working Preacher, in the early days after Easter, having finished what one social media meme called “the Lentiest Lent [we]

For A Time Such as This

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

As ever, Working Preacher, thanks for preaching the good news of Easter in a Good Friday world. In a world