Craft of Preaching

Hardly Waiting

If we are looking for models of ministry in our modern times, Mary and Elizabeth should come to mind. On this Fourth Sunday of Advent, with Christmas only

Preaching Moment 321: Yvette Flunder on Preaching at the Margins

Yvette Flunder challenges those in marginalized communities to raise their "possibility thinking" so that they can see ways in which their contributions

Naked No More

This past week I taught the Core 1 course in Luther Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Preaching program. The Core 1 course is the first class

Preaching Moment 302: Anthony Bailey on Soliciting Feedback

Anthony Bailey relates his experience with creating a culture where honest feedback is appreciated and given and tells a story of a sermon illustration

The Domino's Effect

A few years ago the Domino’s Pizza company faced a grim reality. Sales were falling off dramatically. While this once-successful company lived in

The Necessity of Re-Formation

Dear Working Preachers,

For some of you preachers out there, this Sunday is Reformation Sunday. But I also know that many users of this site will not preach

Courage to Follow, Courage to Lead

Few people thrive on conflict. Yet leadership can bring us face to face with it in unexpected moments. What motivates normal people to overcome fear when

Leaving It All Behind

Dear Working Preacher,

This is a story of freedom, even transformation. Not, however -- and as far too many interpreters assume -- from a life of immorality

The Transfiguration of Peter

Dear Working Preacher,

Do you remember when you first felt called by God? That moment when you had an irresistible tug toward ministry? Over the years

What's in a Name?

Dear Working Preacher,

I suspect that when I mention how powerful names are, many of us flee back to junior high in our imaginations. You remember -- 6th