Craft of Preaching

Imagining Leadership

Isaiah 11 (December 8) imagines several qualities of wise leadership: wisdom and understanding, council (or strategic thinking) and strength, knowledge

Taking the Fork in the Road

Thanks for preaching the Word, in season and out of season—steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the Lord. Your preaching of God’s Word

An Attitude of Gratitude

One of the things I practiced as a parent, and hoped to instill as a habit, was to have my sons write thank-you notes for the various gifts they received.

How Long, O Lord?

I know it is the custom in this column to focus on the Gospel text, but this week I’m going to focus primarily on the Old Testament reading from Habakkuk.

Unprecedented Warnings

This week I’ve found myself struggling to switch my voice from a local congregation in Flint, Michigan, to you who preach in various locations around

Dirty Rotten Preaching Scoundrels

Once, when I was an M.Div. student, my teacher Beverly Roberts Gaventa told the class, “You’ll write a better exegetical paper if you choose

Lost and Found

Dear Working Preachers, it is good to be back. After five years, 1000 words a week, I sensed a need for a break, in part to work on some writing projects

Learning to Pay Attention

This summer I taught a week-long continuing education course for pastors on scripture and ecology. We examined Scripture’s many references to humans

Choose Life

This is one of those weeks when, after reading the Gospel lesson, you might feel like putting a question mark after the usual liturgical formula: “This

Forming Communities of Resistance: A 4-week preaching series

Ed. note: Don’t miss last week's article by the same author entitled, “Read Before Preaching: Forming Communities of Resistance

Hashtag VIP?

Here’s a headline that captured my attention:

Stop working on your personal brand—you’re wasting your time.1

The article promising a

Read Before Preaching: Forming Communities of Resistance (2 of 3)

Ed. note: This is the second of three articles on “Forming Communities of Resistance.” Last week’s article, “A Thriving Community

Liberating Sabbath

Luke closely associates Jesus’ public ministry with both the sabbath and the synagogue, beginning already in Luke 4:16-30. In fact, this week’s

A Thriving Community of Resistance (1 of 3)

“Liberation is not a catch phrase—but is at the heart of your desire for all people.”
- Pastor Marcus McFaul, Olin T. Binkley Memorial

Jesus’ Ministry of Fire

If consensus exists around anything today in American society, it is that we are afflicted by “division.” This general sense of heightened divisiveness