Craft of Preaching

God with Us

The people of the world and your local community are suffocating under the weight of COVID-19, white supremacy’s carnage, ballooning unemployment,

A Pentecost to Wait and Hope, Pray and Trust

The last time I wrote for this column was the week before March 15, an age ago.

I don’t know about you, but that was the week in which the world

Prayer and Quarantine

Thanks for your faithful, consistent, diligent work to preach the good news.

Thanks for giving shape to a life of hope when there is despair, to a life

A Time for Accompaniment

If ever we needed John’s pneumatology, it’s now.

Into troubled hearts and heart-wrenching questions; into abandonment and loss; into despair

Nature's Warning

I live in Indiana near Louisville, Kentucky. Since mid-March, Kentucky’s governor Andy Beshear has offered an update every afternoon concerning the

A New Pentecost: Preaching Acts 2 in an American Context

Before the COVID-19 crisis struck worldwide, the church in the United States was already in a hostile cultural milieu, one that it helped to create.

Now

Taking Refuge in the Goodness of God

The term “refuge” rings uniquely true in today’s world. Under orders to “shelter in place,” many of us are reconfiguring our

Swinging the Doors Wide Open

We can clearly see what the lectionary is doing this week!

It’s all about the Shepherd. Of course, as Karoline Lewis reminds us, it’s really

The Road to Emmaus Feels Longer This Year

One of the cruelest aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic is its power to deny people the opportunity to say final goodbyes to their loved ones.

For many victims,

Sabbath Lessons in Quarantined Time

For 12 years, I have been exploring the concept of Sabbath, and my congregation has been practicing it together and letting it shape us.

Sabbath is an

Demanding that God Show Up

Well, here we are, dear Working Preacher, in the early days after Easter, having finished what one social media meme called “the Lentiest Lent [we]

For A Time Such as This

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

As ever, Working Preacher, thanks for preaching the good news of Easter in a Good Friday world. In a world

When the Earth Shakes

The parades have been canceled. Maybe some postponed. The palms have been placed in a corner or a closet—what to do with them now? And Holy Week?

Seeing God’s Faithfulness in the Face of Disaster

What a year we have had in the last week! Compelled to consider entirely new ways of “gathering” for corporate worship, we are inundated with

Creating Anew in Chaos: Preaching Easter in Year A

In these weeks and months of anxiety about viruses and quarantines, about extreme polarization in speech and politics, about the ever-present violence (in