Craft of Preaching

Epiphany Preaching

Every three years, when Year B rolls around in the lectionary, my podcast co-hosts and I inevitably have the same conversation about Mark’s version

Blessing and Opposition

Then Simeon blessed Mary and said, among other things, “your child is destined to be a sign that will be opposed.” It seems a part of being

Wilderness Preaching

“A voice of one crying out in the wilderness…”

That, Dear Working Preachers, is what preaching is all about these days. If Matthew held

Advent Time

Happy Advent, Dear Working Preachers! A new church year. A new Gospel. A new start.

I have always found it interesting that the new church year begins

Preaching Mark in Times of Strife (Part 2 of 2)

In the first article of this two-part series, the author discussed the apocalyptic tenor of the Gospel according to Mark and urged preachers to preach Mark

Preaching Mark in Times of Strife (Part 1 of 2)

Just in time. The Gospel according to Mark is about to arrive.

Perhaps, like me, you’re wondering how Mark will sound in the upcoming lectionary

Kings of Relationship

"My kingdom is not from this world,” says Jesus. No kidding. That seems pretty obvious. Yet at the same time, this has to be one of the most obscure

The Ability of Ableness

"We are able." Wow. We are so certain, aren’t we? We think we are capable of so much. We really do. And why? What is it about us that we locate our

The Thing You Lack

"You lack one thing.” Ouch. I fear I lack much more than one thing, do you?

But what does this fellow lack, exactly? Of course, there’s all

Dependence Needs

This is one of those texts.

Call it difficult, challenging, or even a text of terror, there is simply no way you can read aloud Mark 10:2-16, or Genesis

On Seeing Yourself

“We saw someone….” That’s how a lot of judgment starts, doesn’t it? "Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name,

The Nature of Faith

What is the nature of faith? That’s kind of what Jesus is asking the disciples with his unassuming question, “soooooo, what were you chatting

Heart Tellings

Speaking the truth from your heart. There’s a concept. Welcome back to Mark after five weeks in John 6 and is this ever an appropriate place for reentry

Not Just Bread Anymore

Admit it. You want to go to the party that gets to admit, “This is hard, who can take this?” And when Jesus asks, “Do you wish to go away?”

A "Living" Bread

Be honest. What are you most hoping to hear in this column for the fourth week in the Bread of Life discourse? What seems to be the obvious topic overlooked?