Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

Insights, ideas and inspiration related to the coming week's lectionary texts.

When Resurrection Matters

Happy Easter, Dear Working Preachers!

As I write this, I am wondering which resurrection narrative you are preaching on and why. Luke or John? Back in

A Very Holy Week

Dear Working Preachers, I suspect that your Holy Week plans and preaching are well in place by now. The palms are ready. The supper is prepared. The passion

Loved Into Future

I wonder if in this moment, when Jesus is being loved with a grace upon grace kind of love, an abundance of love, a love that you could even smell, with

A Resentful Story

A familiar parable such as the Prodigal Son should invite a wealth of perspectives. We might think we know the meaning of the story. Perhaps this time around,

Fig Trees and Repentance

"Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans?”

If Jesus didn’t ask this

Determination

“When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.”

This is the verse behind the Gospel passage for this

Identity Test

The problem with Jesus’ testing in Matthew, Mark, and Luke is how quickly we switch the focus from Jesus’ trials to our own temptations -- as

Liberating Glory

The Transfiguration is always a tricky story, isn’t it? Were it not for the fact that it’s the designated text bridging the seasons of Epiphany

Simple Rules

There are many ways to describe and define the Bible. From assertions that are mostly faith-based, such as “Scripture” or “Word of God”;

A Level Plain Perspective

At first blush, we could easily assess Luke’s version of the Beatitudes as simply different than Matthew’s. After all, each is demonstrative

Catching People

“Catching people” might not sit very well with a number of our congregants. Compared to the parallel accounts in Matthew and Mark where the

Good News?

Responses to sermons are always, well, interesting. Isn’t that true, dear Working Preachers?

People will say to you, “great sermon, Pastor!”

Preaching Nazareth

"Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."

Or has it? Jesus seems convinced of it, at least. And to get a little Greek geeky on you, the

Abundance For All

Deciding on one preaching point for this passage seems adversative, to say the least, to this story when the main message of Jesus’ miracle at Cana

The Power of 'You'

Never underestimate the power of “you,” especially in the second person singular. We know how “you” feels. Like you are the only