Author: Ben McDonald Coltvet

Branches with new leaves sprouting
Videos
Easter 5B: Be the Branches

Karoline Lewis on John 15: Be the branches of Jesus’ ministry — connect with each [...]

Teen doing chores (vacuuming the living room in apartment)
Videos
Easter 4B: Who Are the Shepherds Today?

Join Joy J. Moore as she ponders Good Shepherd Sunday [...]

Woman demonstrating agility by hurdling on track
Culture
Preaching across Platforms: An Invitation to Preaching Agility

Preaching is a practice, not [...]

Old minivan with dents and scrapes
Videos
Easter 3B: Scratches and Dings

Like Matt’s 2006 minivan, we bear scratches and dings from [...]

Sand art with cross = heart (God is love)
Preaching Series
Preaching 1 John in Easter (Year B)

A six-week preaching series based on the Second Readings in [...]

Women consoling one another at table
Videos
Easter 2B: Grief or glory?

After the resurrection of Jesus, where do you find your mind and heart? Pain or [...]

Rainbow spectrum on church pillar (keyword: Queering the Pulpit)
Sermon Development
Queering the Pulpit

Much has been said over the years—in preaching books, classes, and conversations—about the importance of contextualization in [...]

Hand-painted Easter eggs
Videos
Easter 1B: It’s Not about Eggs

Easter is not about the eggs, bunnies, or baskets. Joy [...]

Monterey Bay, California, beach and trees
Videos
Palm/Passion Sunday: Hometown Emotions

What does the word homecoming stir up for you? Matt [...]

Underwater photo of woman being baptized by full immersion
Theology and Interpretation
Preaching Baptism and Eucharist

Sacraments and preaching are not separate liturgical practices; they work [...]