Craft of Preaching

Family Matters

“And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand … Who are my mother and my brothers?" Have you found yourself

Resurrection Matters

Happy Easter, preachers! We have some resurrection matters to address.

I am torn. Mark or John? John or Mark? I am usually inclined to say that a preacher

No Preaching Required

It’s hard to compete with Palm/Passion Sunday. And maybe, you shouldn’t.

Have you thought about letting the texts speak for themselves? Let

Provoking a Response

In seminary, I was given two contradictory bits of advice regarding sermons:

  1. Your job is to proclaim. If they don’t listen to you, tell them again.

Why We Need the Transfiguration

The last week of January, Luther Seminary hosted its annual Midwinter Convocation -- a popular event for many, but especially alums. For the first

Lent and Light and Love Prevailing

Lent is right around the corner and for those of us Jesus people who have this thing about all God has done in the cross and resurrection, we’re almost

A Truth-Telling Advent

John the Baptist. He’s the Gospel focus for the second and third Sundays of Advent. In Mark, he’s clearly Elijah (2 Kings 1:8). In John, he

Preaching Moment 290: Yvette Flunder on Authentic Ministry

Yvette Flunder argues for the necessity of being authentic in preaching into contentious situations and the importance of trusting God in those times.

Having Hope

Dear Working Preachers,

We know well the triad, “faith, hope, and love” that gloriously rounds out Paul’s chapter on Christian love in

Teaching the Faith: A Lesson from the Cracker Barrel

If you have spent much time traveling along the southern interstate system, then you are undoubtedly familiar with a ubiquitous cultural landmark: the Cracker

Tell the Truth Twice

Dear Working Preacher,

Good night, but I find this a difficult passage to preach on! The easy way to preach it, I suppose, is to render it a morality tale.

Come As You Are

Dear Working Preacher,

This week's gospel reading is perfect for all the people who don't have it all together. Now, I know what you may be thinking: that

Preacher or False Prophet?

My first job in a church was as a music minister.

I loved the senior pastor I served with, as did the congregation we faced every Sunday morning. He taught