Craft of Preaching

Preaching 1 Corinthians through Epiphany

The star that led the sages to the Christ child was at once part of the natural world and a wonder. The weeks after the Epiphany call us to notice the wonder

Preaching Moment 279: Mary Hinkle Shore

Mary Hinkle Shore talks about the elements of preparation and textual engagement that go into a well-thought out and genuine sermon.

"When I listen to

Preaching Moment 261: Mary Hinkle Shore

Mary Hinkle Shore talks about what it means for a preacher to "show up for work."

Preaching Moment 216: Mary Hinkle Shore

Mary Hinkle Shore on investigating the "speed bumps" in the text.

Preaching Moment 179: Mary Hinkle Shore

Mary talks about the good anxiety that comes with preaching

Preaching Moment 116: Mary Hinkle Shore

Mary Hinkle Shore on "hanging out with the text until something happens"

Where Do Good Sermons Come From?

Listening for the Sermon

Where do good sermons come from? My best sermons occur to me in an internal and external environment quiet enough for listening.

Preaching Moment 89: Mary Hinkle Shore

Mary Hinkle Shore discusses the challenges and risks in bringing forward the text in our sermons.

How do I keep my Greek (or get it back)?

How do I keep my Greek (or get it back)?

As we come to the end of another session of beginning New Testament Greek, I am asked this question a lot. Here

Preaching Moment 050: Mary Hinkle Shore

wonders how "one more hour" would change our preaching Would you like to share this video with friends? You can find, share, send, and embed it from

Preaching Moment 039: Mary Hinkle Shore

on the time we need and adding an hour to our sermon preparation Would you like to share this video with friends? You can find, share, send, and embed

Writing and Not Writing the Sermon

How do you procrastinate when you're writing a sermon?

Most preachers experience some discomfort--even occasional agony--on the way from text and parish

The Four Ds: Discovery

There may be as many ways to get from text to sermon as there are preachers making the trip. As a teaching assistant in Richard Lischer's introductory preaching

The Four Ds: Development

When asked how many points a sermon should have, my colleague, Michael Rogness, is fond of saying, "At least one."

In fact, one is just the right number

The Four Ds: Design

Talking about how to develop an idea toward a sermon, I suggested that the preacher explore what each discovery from the text implies about God's work to