Craft of Preaching

Real Love

Love is hard. So very hard.

If you don’t think so, just look at what the Revised Common Lectionary does for this Sunday. Rather than tell the truth

Preaching While White

Living in Atlanta, Georgia, has challenged this Midwesterner in many ways. Pollen, for one! Even more, experiencing diverse racial interactions has been

A Good Shepherd Perspective

I will never forget the first time I saw a real shepherd. I was leading my first trip to Israel/Palestine of a group of students from Luther Seminary. It

Preaching + End of Life

When people ask what I do, I am reluctant to say I am a hospice chaplain. My reluctance is not because of the work I do, rather it is because of the reaction

'Do You Love Me?'

Right on the heels of Thomas, we have the story of Peter, another character in the Gospel of John often misinterpreted. Perhaps not as misrepresented as

Linger A Little

Poor Thomas. Always the Sunday after Easter. Always misunderstand. We think Thomas doubts, but he doesn’t. As if that is a bad thing. As if faith

Change Is Possible and Needed

While the opportunities Scripture offers to speak directly of the beauty, power, and needs of the natural world are extremely frequent, especially in the

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

Preaching Acts in Easter (Year C)

Easter preaching has to be imaginative preaching. It has to knock us away from predictability and restraint. Wonder, surprise, and new possibilities are

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,

Preaching About Racism in Lent

The emotions of Lent: what feelings are evoked from putting ashes on our foreheads or talking about Jesus’ journey to the cross? What kinds of emotions

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