Craft of Preaching

The Call to “I AM”: A Five-Part Lenten Series

Working Preacher’s Lenten Series this year focuses on the “I AM” statements in the Gospel of John for the sake of intentional reflection

The Cross at a Crossroads

Before the cross became equated with salvation and a symbol for a religion, it denoted something too often overlooked in our theological machinations. It

Carrying The Cross

What does the cross mean to you? You kind of have to figure that out before you can make sense of or preach on Jesus’ statement, “Whoever does

Prayer: Carrying Our Cross

Fall has arrived and the sky is closing in on us. Some take comfort in winter’s swaddling while others miss the wide, long days of summer. Yet this

A “Cross and Follow” Kind of Life

Dear Working Preachers,

I have to be honest. I have never cared much for this passage, particularly 16:24, “take up your cross and follow me.”

Preaching the Easter Vigil: Notes on an ancient sermon

The Vigil of Easter is just what it says: a vigil. At the Vigil, we remember that Jesus is dead, gone “to crush hell underfoot,” as the old

Rethinking the 'Lenten Journey': Start by Asking, 'What's Lent for?' (Part 2 of 2)

In this second of two essays, Rolf Jacobson takes liturgical lemons and attempts to make theological lemonade. Jacobson takes a personal quirk -- the fact

Rethinking the 'Lenten Journey': The Train Has Left the Station (Part 1 of 2)

In the first of two essays, Rolf Jacobson takes liturgical lemons and attempts to make theological lemonade. Jacobson takes a personal quirk -- the fact

The Cost of Discipleship

Dear Working Preacher,

 

This may be one of those weeks when you look at the Gospel reading and then quickly glance to see if any of the other readings

Re-Imagining God

Dear Working Preacher,

I want to start with a question: how did you react to the name of this column being “Re-imagining God.” Did it make