Craft of Preaching

Teach Us to Pray

Preaching the Gospel of John remains a challenge for many, Dear Working Preachers. A number of reasons contribute to the Fourth Gospel’s homiletical

Preaching Moment 347: Luke Powery on Preaching in a Spiritual Mode

Preaching in a spiritual mode, as the Rev. Luke Powery puts it, is preaching with an awareness of the spiritual, homiletical tradition, with the way we

Prayers Needed

Back in February, I was the presenter at a woman’s retreat, my fourth year in a row with a group of women from this particular church. The retreat

The Power of Prayer

How quickly do we pass over the prayers of Jesus and choose the commands of Jesus so as to construct our Christological portraits as well as what we think

Where Are the Prayers? Preaching and the Prayers of Intercession

It happened too often. “Where are the prayers?” the assisting minister would ask as we got ready for worship. “Oh no, I forgot to print

Thank God for the Other

“God, I thank you that I am not like other people. Really, thank you, God.”

Wow, does this passage ever convict! And if we are not found guilty

Brought to You by the Letter "O"

I just cannot help being intrigued by things that I don’t understand, no matter how seemingly inconsequential or how long they have been commonly

Preaching Moment 313: Luke Powery on the Business Model

Luke Powery expounds on the problem of using the language and models of business to characterize the ministry of the church.

"No one went to seminary to

Preaching Moment 311: Lauren Winner on Personal Stories

Lauren Winner shares her thought process on using personal stories in the pulpit and relates the craft of preaching to communal prayer.

"Each year, preaching

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

Prayer and Preaching

The things we carry with us -- our race, our education, our gender, our families, our age, our masks, our broken pieces, our patterns, perhaps particularly

Jesus' Prayer and Ours

Dear Working Preacher,

It’s time to talk about prayer. Not so much between you and me. I’m relatively confident you know what you’re

An Unexpected Glimpse of God's Promise

For those of us who preach, flying on airplanes is risky business. I know of only one pastor who sees flying as mission work. The rest of us huddle in our

Don't Forget Who You Are

At my first synod assembly as an intern, still quite naive to the hopes and difficulties of ministry, we gathered in the bleachers as pastors were honored

Teach Us to Pray

Dear Working Preacher,

 

Here’s my simple suggestion for preaching this Sunday: do what Jesus did. That is, teach your people how to pray.