Craft of Preaching

Sabbath Lessons in Quarantined Time

For 12 years, I have been exploring the concept of Sabbath, and my congregation has been practicing it together and letting it shape us.

Sabbath is an

Durable Faith: Grace for the New Year

Even if they haven't written it down, most people have an idea of what they want 2017 to look like, both professionally and personally. With a whole year

Restless Idols

Yesterday I planned to phone a friend while refueling my car. But the gas pump’s disembodied voice, not content with offering instructions and falling

Leaving It All Behind

Dear Working Preacher,

This is a story of freedom, even transformation. Not, however -- and as far too many interpreters assume -- from a life of immorality

Spirit Freedom

Dear Working Preacher,

Something’s gotta change. We all know that. Patterns of congregational attendance and membership have declined for decades

Unbind Us, Please

This January, we rush from Christmas into Epiphany, the time between too brief. We do that every year and it’s hard on me. I’m a Revised Common

Sunday, Sunday

Dear Working Preacher,

Do you ever wonder what it's all about? Sunday, I mean. The gathering, the worship, the singing, reading, and preaching -- why do

Just Do It!

Dear Working Preacher,

I suspect that the difference between heresy and orthodoxy is at times a lot thinner than we imagine.

I am part of a Christian