Craft of Preaching

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

Red Ink and All: Getting in Touch with Your Inner Homiletician Part 5

This is the fifth article in a series. See part 4.

So how do you measure your efforts over time? Namely, what tools exist to measure or get a handle on

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,

Editing Your Sermon: Getting in Touch with Your Inner Homiletician, Part 1

“A professor once told a student that he had preached a wonderful sermon, except for what he said and how he said it.”1

Susan Bell, writer

We Are Looking for You, Holy Spirit

We are looking for you, Holy Spirit.

We block off some time to spend with the lectionary text for this Sunday, looking for you. We search for you in and

Preach What You Know

I’m reading a novel by a best-selling author that reminds me of one of the cardinal rules of writing:

Write what you know.

The author describes

Preaching the Bible to Those Who Have Never Read It

Blockbuster films and scandalous exposé-style books based on the Bible continue to generate millions of dollars. Nevertheless, many pastors and church

The Footwasher’s Hall of Fame

I hate being wrong.

I really hate being wrong in public.

I really, really hate being the one to prove myself wrong in public. Unfortunately, that is the

Crowd-Sourced Preaching

Preachers, when preparing to preach, have been getting help and insights from other sources almost from the beginning -- from the Biblical text itself,

Preaching Joy in Times of Conflict

It would sure be nice if the climate in our churches were always seventy-two degrees with brilliant blue skies and no chance of rain. Our pews filled with

Preaching Moment 289: Anthony Bailey on Preaching the Everyday

Anthony Bailey emphasizes the importance of paying attention, weaving elements of everyday life into the texts to create a sermon that speaks from a particular

Preaching Moment 279: Mary Hinkle Shore

Mary Hinkle Shore talks about the elements of preparation and textual engagement that go into a well-thought out and genuine sermon.

"When I listen to

Preaching Moment 278: Matt Skinner

Matt Skinner talks about his process of taking a text and turning it into a sermon, as well as all of the rethinking and pruning that happens along the

Sundays Happen

“Sundays Happen” is a monthly column where we can playfully and thoughtfully wrestle with the realities of the process and practice of proclaiming