Craft of Preaching

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

A Truth-Telling Advent

John the Baptist. He’s the Gospel focus for the second and third Sundays of Advent. In Mark, he’s clearly Elijah (2 Kings 1:8). In John, he

Preaching Moment 294: Luke Powery on Preaching the Gospel of Mark

Luke Powery points out the story of the Gerasene Demoniac and the ending of Mark as moments of opportunity for preaching the Gospel of Mark.

"[The shorter

Preaching from Mark's Gospel: Fasten Your Seat Belts

Regarding the Gospels, many lectionary preachers may approach Year B in the Revised Common Lectionary with less than uplifted hearts. Gone are Matthew’s

Advent on the Mind

I am writing this column from San Diego where I am attending the annual meetings of the Academy of Homiletics, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the

Matthew's Version of the Incarnation

Dear Working Preacher,

Just two thoughts as we approach the fourth Sunday in Advent. Just two thoughts on Matthew’s account of the birth of Jesus.

A King's Gift

Dear Working Preacher,

I can’t remember the last time Christ the King Sunday fell after Thanksgiving. I’m sure it’s happened, but I don’t

Glory, Glory

Dear Working Preacher,

Sometimes the challenge of preaching is finding a connection between the appointed biblical reading and our life today. The passage

Jesus, the Rich Man, and All of Us Lousy Stewards

Dear Working Preacher,

Can we just admit that most of us kind of stink at doing stewardship? I know that sounds like an awful thing for me to say, but

Love and Marriage

Dear Working Preacher,

Given the various readings on marriage and divorce this week, I suspect it's occurred to more than a few of us that the prudent

Insiders and Outsiders

Two quick questions, Working Preacher: 1) Have you downloaded your copy of Renew 52 yet? 2) Have you shared this link with your parishioners and colleagues?

The Value of a Good Question

Dear Working Preacher,

I'm going to keep this short: questions are our friends.

Seem simple? Sure it is, yet somehow the disciples still missed it. At

Ordinary Saints

Dear Working Preacher,

There are, it seems, at least two choices before us on this Sunday.

First, we can enter back into our pilgrimage through Mark.

Rest

Will you forgive me if I invite a terribly simple theme for a sermon that focuses mainly on just one verse? Well, with your forgiveness or without it ?,

Tell the Truth Twice

Dear Working Preacher,

Good night, but I find this a difficult passage to preach on! The easy way to preach it, I suppose, is to render it a morality tale.