Craft of Preaching

Psalms That Reflect on Human Life

Three truths about humans living within a wider created world stand out frequently in the Psalms and elsewhere in the Bible. Each of these calls humans

On Being the Good Shepherd

What does “good” mean? An ambiguous adjective is a rather uncomfortable affair. One person’s “good” is not necessarily mine,

Preaching + Trauma

[This article is co-authored by Jessica Davis.]

“They cried to the Lord in their trouble, and Ze delivered them from their distress; Ze brought them

Returning Gifts

This month, I invite you to explore with me a time-honored, traditional stewardship approach that has made me increasingly uncomfortable. My problem is

We Are Witnesses

“You are witnesses of these things” (Luke 24:48).

Notice, Dear Working Preachers, Jesus’ address to the disciples is not, “you

When Seeing is Believing

What is it that we need to see to believe? To believe that death has indeed been overcome? To believe the promises of the resurrection here and now? To

Preaching Acts in Easter (Year B)

As reliable as lilies, bonnets, and chocolate bunnies, every year the Acts of the Apostles shows up during the Easter season. While some preachers reach

No End to the Story

John or Mark? It’s your Easter choice this year. Two very different resurrection reports. Two unique interpretations of the empty tomb. As many of

Why Holy Week?

Dear Working Preachers, this Sunday begins one of the most important weeks of the church year. As you already know. A lot of weight falls on Palm/Passion

When Safe Spaces Become Toxic Places (Part 2 of 2)

“For those of us preachers who are viewed as aberrations or abominations, there are certain stories whose edges dig sharply into our souls. It is

Preaching + Care for Caregivers

“Be still and know that I am God!” -- Psalm 46:10

Caregiving is a labor of love. Whether for a family member who is ill, an elderly relative

Seeing Jesus

“Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Do we really? Do we actually want to see Jesus? Or do we pretend, feign interest, when in fact, seeing Jesus just

A Preacher’s Case for Safe Space

“Definition of safe space: a place (as on a college campus) intended to be free of bias, conflict, criticism, or potentially threatening

After Effects

John 3:16. Not an easy verse to ignore or pass over when it comes to preaching. And sometimes, Dear Working Preachers, we simply can’t. Often our

Connecting Heart to Text: Embodying the Liturgy in Community

My first job in college was as a DJ at the local country music station in Athens, Ohio. I had no idea what I was doing. Just managing the soundboard and