Craft of Preaching

Stop Weeding and Start Watching

It happened again. I only have to write this column periodically, while you have to prepare a sermon every week.

So why is it again “Saturday night”

A Living Word when We Can't Breathe

As you prepare for the Second Sunday after Pentecost (Ordinary 11), whether you will gather in a familiar shared space, or continue online, the need

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

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

Right or Righteous?

You read the text for this week and they sound so familiar.

Maybe, you sense the sermon you are preparing seems like a repeat. Haven’t you preached

Baptism: A disruptive reminder

In just one week, 2020 has already turned into an overwhelming year.

The new decade has arrived with suffering, suspicion, and sedition. As you prepare

Testify to God’s Great Joy

Here we are, Working Preachers,

’Tis the season. It’s not yet Christmas, though. Despite the trees with lights hung, and places with carols

Pausing to Grieve

What a month to come through as we turn toward All Saints Day, dear Working Preachers.

Some of you will know that I recently moved out of the first year

Unprecedented Warnings

This week I’ve found myself struggling to switch my voice from a local congregation in Flint, Michigan, to you who preach in various locations around

Hashtag VIP?

Here’s a headline that captured my attention:

Stop working on your personal brand—you’re wasting your time.1

The article promising a

Preach Our Story, not Your Story

Many sermons begin with a funny story or captivating movie image told right after the reading of Scripture.

This is the hook -- in homiletic technical