Craft of Preaching

True Resurrection

I have seen the Lord!

There’s your sermon, Working Preachers. It’s hard to imagine a better sermon than Mary Magdalene’s on that first

Preaching the Easter Vigil

We gather in old and new ways, and in new and old ways, holding vigil and celebrating Easter. We gather as our forefathers and -mothers of the faith have

Holy Week Grace

You do not have to do it all. Did you hear that, Working Preachers? On this Palm/Passion Sunday that sets in motion Holy Week, these are the words you need

Tell No One

I don’t spend much time preaching about Jesus’ miracles, for one simple reason: Jesus said not to talk about them. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus

Simultaneous Smells

"Smells are surer than sights or sounds to make your heartstrings crack," writes Vladimir Nabokov.[i]

Damn, is that ever the truth. My Sermon Brainwave

Perspective Matters

Let’s rename this story. The Prodigal Son? Doesn’t really work for me. Why? I am not that son. I am the older brother, the “Really Ticked-Off

Preach Like an Artist

“A flower is relatively small,” Georgia O’Keeffe once wrote. “Everyone has many associations with a flower -- the idea of flowers

Longing for More

One more year. That’s all I need. One more year. One more month. One more week. One more day. Of course, the fig tree doesn’t get a choice in

Equatorial Creation Care

I spent a week last month in Kisumu, Kenya, seven miles south of the equator on Lake Victoria, preaching and teaching about creation care for the Africa

Love and Belonging

“We need to be a community of love and belonging.” That’s my paraphrase of Jesus’ desire to gather together Jerusalem’s children,

Filled With the Holy Spirit

The First Sunday in Lent. Are you anxious? Concerned? Disillusioned? All of the above? And maybe we should be. What to do with Lent is cause for significant

Choose Your Lent

One week until Ash Wednesday, Dear Working Preachers. By now you have your Lenten theme chosen, sermons and services mapped out, and all that’s left

Poking the Bear

We live in the age of the provocateur.

We see this increasingly in our politicians and our celebrities, who have discovered that the way to attract an

No Ordinary Mountaintop

Mount Tabor is the site said to be the location of the Transfiguration of Jesus. I have only seen Mount Tabor from a distance, from the position of other

Love Never Ends

“Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;