Craft of Preaching

Preaching + Care for Caregivers

“Be still and know that I am God!” -- Psalm 46:10

Caregiving is a labor of love. Whether for a family member who is ill, an elderly relative

What Things?

This is one long road trip. By long, I don’t mean how many miles. Many of us have walked seven-ish miles in a day. We’ve got our Fitbits logging

Durable Faith: Preaching Post-Election

Many things came to mind as I prepared to write this month’s column. With the election in full view, two questions relentlessly pressed upon me. First,

Isaiah’s Earthly Hopes

One liturgical year ends soon and the next will immediately begin. The lectionary’s seasonal turning from Christ’s eternal reign to the advent

Preaching Wholeness: I'm Back!

After a bit of a break, I am grateful for the opportunity to once again be part of Working Preacher’s blogging community. Thanks to Luther Seminary

Preaching Moment 305: Luke Powery on Preaching Lament

Luke Powery advocates for the necessity of preaching lament and discusses how to accomplish this within the sermon.

"One can name the trouble in the world,

Lent and Light and Love Prevailing

Lent is right around the corner and for those of us Jesus people who have this thing about all God has done in the cross and resurrection, we’re almost

Preaching Moment 296: Luke Powery on Holy Imagination

Luke Powery advocates for the necessity of imagination for living into God's future for us.

"Without an imagination, we probably couldn't have any hope."

Rejoicing in Active Hope

Clothing and food -- celebrated necessities -- describe God’s abundant gifts to creation in an Isaiah passage that shows up twice in December’s

When Tears are Wiped Away

Festival Sundays are always tricky. If you are a regular listener of Sermon Brainwave, you know that our usual take on these celebrations is to preach the

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

To Lily, Signy and Angela: Shalom. God’s Peace

These past five Wednesday evenings, my colleague Mark Stenberg and I have been leading a confirmation intensive for our confirmation students. We gather

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

Disappointed with God at Christmastime

Dear Working Preacher,

So I here’s how I imagine the background to today’s reading: John’s cell was dark and dank. Prison cells usually