Craft of Preaching

This Far by Faith

Apocalyptic themes fascinate, confuse, and rebuff us.

Almost everyone who comes to worship this week will have encountered some form of End Times theology

How Long, O Lord?

I know it is the custom in this column to focus on the Gospel text, but this week I’m going to focus primarily on the Old Testament reading from Habakkuk.

Linger A Little

Poor Thomas. Always the Sunday after Easter. Always misunderstand. We think Thomas doubts, but he doesn’t. As if that is a bad thing. As if faith

Catching People

“Catching people” might not sit very well with a number of our congregants. Compared to the parallel accounts in Matthew and Mark where the

Who Do You Say that I Am?

“Who do you say that I am?” is a much harder question than we think it is, and it’s already hard enough.

This would be a good Sunday

God’s Open Hand

Several weeks of Gospel texts this summer read John 6, beginning with the story of Jesus’ feeding the multitudes with five barley loaves and two fish.

Preaching on Faith + Science

“I’m not qualified to preach on science and faith.”

This statement is more common than I would like to admit. I have even -- true confessions

Weightier Matters: Faith, Justice, and Mercy

As I prepare this month’s column, the scripture that refuses to let me rest is:

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe

Betweenness

“These are written so that you may come to believe/continue to believe...” What does your translation say? And which translation would you choose?

Just Justice

So, just how should we define justice?

While this story from Luke is most certainly a commending of our contending with God (especially paired with the

The Rhythms of Faith

See, return, praise, worship, give thanks, get up, and go.

What if we imagined, if only for this week, that this could be the rhythm of faith?

At the

The Increments of Faith

One of the hardest things about being a teacher of preachers is that I don’t serve a church. I sometimes feel like I exist in a performative contradiction.

Your Faith Has Saved You

“Your faith has saved you.”

As one of my dear friends is fond of saying, “Put that on a t-shirt.” And, as we preachers are prone

Beyond Faith

First Corinthians 13 is a breath-taking bit of writing.

Unfortunately, we have typecast this chapter as a special blessing, for use at weddings only. To

Preach Like an Artist

“A flower is relatively small,” Georgia O’Keeffe once wrote. “Everyone has many associations with a flower -- the idea of flowers