Craft of Preaching

What Large Stones

The idolatry of grandeur is a perennial problem for us. We might even say it is a constant crisis of the human condition. We can’t seem to bypass

Loyalties

I suspect that many of us might be a bit weary of Matthew by now. And to be honest, I thought I would be as well. But I have had a change of heart these

Durable Faith: Walk by Faith, not by Sight

What does durable faith mean in times like these?

The Apostle Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 7, “we walk by faith, not by sight,” come

Winning One for the Gipper

In 1920, University of Notre Dame’s football star, George Gipp, contracted pneumonia and died, just weeks after being named an All-American.

According

Throne Mentality

Here we are. The last Sunday of the church year, Christ the King/Reign of Christ Sunday. The year has gone by fast, hasn’t it?

As I sat down to write

Tending the Vineyard

Dear Working Preachers,

This past week, Walter Brueggemann was on the Luther Seminary campus giving the inaugural presentations for the Fretheim Lecture

Inviting a Kingdom Imagination

Anyone out there tired of parables yet?

To be honest, Matthew’s plethora of parables is perhaps my biggest problem when it comes to the first Gospel.

The Revolution Starts Here

Dear Working Preacher,

I think a lot of us probably have one of two reactions to this passage and the (in)famous commands it contains. The first is simple,

Mustard Seed Parable: A Gardener's Take

Have you ever seen a mustard plant?

It is, after all, a plant of some biblical note. Namely, that it is the “greatest of shrubs,” and so large,

Preaching the Anti-King

Hey there, Working Preacher, a quick question:

Have you registered for this year's Celebration of Biblical Preaching? It's going to be awesome, an event

God, Caesar, and the Power of a Good Question

Dear Working Preacher,

Let me re-introduce you to three of the most powerful words in the world. Now, I know what you're thinking, and while "I love you"

The Road to Jerusalem Starts Here

Dear Working Preacher,

Let's be honest with each other: something isn't working. Something in our preaching, or our leadership, or more generally in the