Craft of Preaching

Sign, Sign, Everywhere A Sign

Dear Working Preachers, have you noticed that signs are often misinterpreted? While we count on them to point us in the right direction, with everything

If the Trinity Mattered

Confession time -- I am not a systematic theologian. So when it comes to saying something about the Trinity, the theological hairs on the back of my head

When Seeing is Believing

What is it that we need to see to believe? To believe that death has indeed been overcome? To believe the promises of the resurrection here and now? To

Are You Ready?

I love it when Scripture points out the ambiguity of God’s judgment -- a rather helpful reminder these days. There is nothing to distinguish or determine

Resurrection is Relationship

“But these are written so that you may believe…”

While many Bibles will title John 20:30-31 as “The Purpose of John’s Gospel,”

Kings of Relationship

"My kingdom is not from this world,” says Jesus. No kidding. That seems pretty obvious. Yet at the same time, this has to be one of the most obscure

Not Just Bread Anymore

Admit it. You want to go to the party that gets to admit, “This is hard, who can take this?” And when Jesus asks, “Do you wish to go away?”

The Necessity of Three

I used to be able to do math. But something happened between AP calculus my senior year of high school and now, when I try to help my two boys with basic

A Different Kind of Denial

I have to admit. I was a bit baffled this week by the relationship between the Gospel and the first and second lessons. Not that we have to make a connection

Baptismal Blessings?

I have said this before and I will say it again -- preaching on the Baptism of Our Lord Sunday can quickly and despairingly devolve into bland, benign,

How to Preach to Mildred

It’s never great for a preacher’s ego when someone snores during your sermon. For me, it happens at least a once a month.

Once a month I preside

Betting on the Spirit

Back in seminary, and when I teach preaching, we emphasized over and over again to our students the importance of taking time to prepare and craft a sermon

A Generous Forgiveness

Dear Working Preachers,

Forgiveness.

It truly has to be one of the most difficult of human acts, not only to give but also to receive. For Jesus to tell

Social Media and Preaching: A Primer (Part 1 of 2)

Discussions about social media -- and, specifically in our case, social media in preaching -- are important for the contemporary church. Let’s face

Our Lenten Vocation: Serving and Preserving God’s Garden

Scripture’s story of Lent begins this year by describing the first human job. March 9th’s reading from Genesis 2 and 3 digests the second creation