Craft of Preaching

Writing Sermons, Writing Prayers: What's the Difference?

We’ve all heard them: preachers that add a “w” to the word “God.” “Gaaaa-wd calls us to luuuu-uuve our neighbor,”

Cue the Music

When I was a young boy, I accidentally memorized the books of the New Testament. I say “accidentally” because I had not intended to, and I did

"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"

While Karoline Lewis continues her short vacation from writing this column, I’m filling in for two more weeks.

A lesson difficult for many preachers

Delivered with Love, From Me to You

On Confirmation Sunday, I was reminded once again of an important truth about preaching. Preaching is most effective when we direct our words not to people

Preaching Moment 338: Luke Powery on Faithful Preaching

“You can’t give what you ain’t got,” declares Luke Powery as he explains how one can become a better preacher when he or she begins

Authentic Preaching: How to Prophesy

No one is a prophet because they want to be. If you do not have the reluctance of a biblical prophet, you likely do not have a message from God. If you

Feed Me!: What I Long to Hear from My Pew, Wheelchair, and Hospital Bed

I have spent the better part of the last 35 years trying to become a better preacher. I would try to impress my homiletics professors and fellow seminary

A Priest, a Rabbi, and a Pastor Walk into the Pulpit: What preachers can learn from stand-up comedians (Part 2 of 2)

Jerry Seinfeld said, "Being a comedian is like being a murderer; no matter what people tell you, you're probably going to do it anyway." Preaching

A Priest, a Rabbi, and a Pastor Walk into the Pulpit: What preachers can learn from stand-up comedians (Part 1 of 2)

What preachers do is more than a little bit crazy. “The foolishness of our proclamation,” as Paul put it, is quite literally all that we have

Preach Like an Artist

“A flower is relatively small,” Georgia O’Keeffe once wrote. “Everyone has many associations with a flower -- the idea of flowers

Bold Preaching

When you read about the battles between Amos and the court prophets, with whom do you identify?

The answer would seem obvious. Amos was God’s prophet,

Preaching: Our Mission Impossible

Preachers: Your mission, should you chose to accept it, is to preach the life-affirming, justice-seeking, boundary-breaking Word of God.

No big deal. Right?

Enabling the One Great Preacher to Preach: Getting in Touch with Your Inner Homiletician Part 4

This is the fourth article in a series. See Part 3.

The one great preacher in history, I would contend, is the church. And the first business of the individual

Retooling the Purposes of Preaching: Getting in Touch with Your Inner Homiletician Part 3

This is the third article in the series. See Part 2.

What do we imagine we are about when we set out to preach? What do we think happens, or should happen,

Impact of a Sermon

Long ago, my wife and I were vacationing at a small, rustic resort in northern Wisconsin. The elderly caretakers were the kindest, most generous people