Craft of Preaching

Preaching Moment 333: Craig Barnes on Preaching in a Cross-cultural Setting

M. Craig Barnes shares how to preach in a cross-cultural congregation: "If the congregation itself is multicultural and you are the pastor of it, then you're

Andrew Foster Connors 332: On Preaching the Old Testament

Andrew Foster Connor, Senior Pastor of the Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Md., emphasizes on the importance of preaching and

Naming the Name of Jesus

“Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words.”

This saying, attributed (apocryphally) to St. Francis, has become popular in

Identity Crisis

One of the lessons we have learned from recent politics is the power of group identity. To the astonishment of political pundits, it appears that once people

Same Old Jesus

We often give Jesus’ disciples grief for being clueless sidekicks who never seem to get what Jesus is saying. But there was one instance in which

Three Kinds of Churchgoers

There are three types of churchgoers, in my experience. Members of each group can be identified by how they think about the church.

Group 1: Church as

Red Ink and All: Getting in Touch with Your Inner Homiletician Part 5

This is the fifth article in a series. See part 4.

So how do you measure your efforts over time? Namely, what tools exist to measure or get a handle on

Five Questions for your Kids’ Sermon

How do you help a 4-year-old better understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

One clear way a 4-year-old experiences the love of Jesus is “through the

The Domino's Effect

A few years ago the Domino’s Pizza company faced a grim reality. Sales were falling off dramatically. While this once-successful company lived in

The Necessity of Re-Formation

Dear Working Preachers,

For some of you preachers out there, this Sunday is Reformation Sunday. But I also know that many users of this site will not preach

Social Media Sunday: Pull Out Your Smartphones

Worship at the church I serve was a little different a few months ago. Pastors and parishioners were “checking in” to Facebook on their phones

Worship Is About More Than Personal Preferences

I would love to install a policy that anyone who uses the words “I like” or “I don’t like” in regards to worship must put

What Tradition Really Means

Just because I’m fascinated by the emerging church movement, the call to new life, and the need for the church to constantly tailor its message creatively

Stories and Norm

For the first million years of human existence climate change was no threat, not because our ancestors knew more than we do now, but because, unaware of

Why Church?

I’m a good person. I worship God in my own way. I don’t need people telling me how I should think or what I should believe. Who needs all the