Craft of Preaching

Identity Test

The problem with Jesus’ testing in Matthew, Mark, and Luke is how quickly we switch the focus from Jesus’ trials to our own temptations -- as

A Tempting Silence

The temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, always the first Sunday of Lent, is an unnervingly muted event in Mark. Unlike Matthew and Luke, where we hear

Choice Temptations

It is tempting to make Jesus’ temptation something that it is not. And, it is tempting to make Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness the only

The Greatest Temptation

The first Sunday in Lent is always Jesus’ temptation. Always. But when was the last time you noticed just how brief Mark’s temptation story

Identity Theft

Dear Working Preacher,

When my kids were fairly young, they’d almost always figure out who the people in their lives were via relational categories.

Trust and Temptation

Dear Working Preacher,

I sometimes wonder if temptation is one of those things we have a hard time talking honestly about in the church. I think we worry

Into Temptation

Dear Working Preacher,

In recent weeks we've been working together on helping our people take the biblical stories with them as they leave church, offering