Author: Ben McDonald Coltvet

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Dear Working Preacher
Seeing Our Neighbors

When I was in college, I studied abroad in a country where social and economic disparities were [...]

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Dear Working Preacher
Life on the Other Side of Catastrophe

The paired Old Testament reading for this week sets us [...]

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Dear Working Preacher
A Parable of Lost Chickens

As I write this, I’m sitting in the middle of a pile of boxes and [...]

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Dear Working Preacher
No Turning Back

While I’m writing this post, “quiet quitting” is the Internet’s fascination and furor of the moment. As [...]

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Dear Working Preacher
Be Present at Our Tables

Dear Working Preachers, What’s your hook this week? Will it be a clickbait styled one liner: Seduced [...]

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Dear Working Preacher
Sabbath Healing, Sabbath Rest

Our texts for this week speak of healing—physical healing, spiritual healing, societal healing. I hope [...]

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Dear Working Preacher
Tell the Story Slant

It might seem advantageous that this Sunday’s text is about an exchange between a lawyer and God’s [...]

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Dear Working Preacher
Called Together

The news lately here in the United States (apologies to our many international readers) has been full [...]

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Dear Working Preacher
An Incarnational Calling

In Luke 9, Samaritan villagers make it clear that Jerusalem-bound Jesus is unwelcome among them. James and [...]

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Dear Working Preacher
A Glimpse of What God Yet Will Do

Republicans won’t budge on guns. And women and children are [...]