Craft of Preaching

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

A Life in Parables

Parables -- they’re not just for Jesus anymore.

The reality is, our lives are full of parables, or, you might say, life is parabolic. I suppose Jesus

Preaching with Authority

As early as the life and thought of the ancient philosopher Socrates, the world has been prone to operate under a basic assumption: doubt is the main engine

Packers, Cowboys, and the Power of Hate

I cheered for the Green Bay Packers recently and I’m morally conflicted about it.

Not that there’s anything wrong with cheering for or not

Faith Stays in, Doubt Steps Out

Before entering pastoral ministry I was encouraged to network and apply for pulpit vacancies. I was not a pulpit chaser. When it was time I felt I would

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

Having Hope

Dear Working Preachers,

We know well the triad, “faith, hope, and love” that gloriously rounds out Paul’s chapter on Christian love in

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.”

A “Come to Jesus” Moment

Dear Working Preachers,

“Who do you say that the Son of Man is?”

If this question doesn’t strike the fear of God in you, well, I am

"Getting" Great Faith

Dear Working Preachers,

Little faith or great faith? How do we tell the difference? What are the criteria? Who gets to decide? I ask these questions this

Broken Before Burning

Dear Working Preacher,

The Emmaus story is one of my favorites. Part of that, as I mentioned the last time this passage came up, is because I think it

The Power of a Good Question

Dear Working Preacher,

I tend to think that our best sermons arise from our questions. Do you know what I mean? It’s often the really challenging

The Gravity of Discipleship

If you haven’t had a chance to see Alfonso Cuarón’s new sci-fi thriller, Gravity, then you need to move it up on your action-item list.

Teaching the Faith: A Lesson from the Cracker Barrel

If you have spent much time traveling along the southern interstate system, then you are undoubtedly familiar with a ubiquitous cultural landmark: the Cracker