Craft of Preaching

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;

Deity and Diet

Emphasis on food in many of this month’s readings underscores its centrality for human life both physical and spiritual. From Joel’s locust

A Life-Changing Epiphany

I began this column sitting on a plane on my way to the Holy Land (not California). This is my second trip leading a group of students and alums from Luther

Hands and Feet of Christ? Overrated.

We’ve all heard the saying that we are supposed to be the hands and feet of Christ. We know that it’s a reminder that together we serve as Christ’s

Sensing the Gospel: A Five-Part Series of Meditations for Lent

“We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands,

Embodied Epiphanies

I love this miracle -- not just because I live in Minnesota and wish I could perform such a sign on Sundays when my wine rack is empty and I’d like

The Genetic Gospel

I had what I suppose most would consider a strange reaction to Karoline Lewis’ excellent article on “A New Genesis,” that spoke of the

Baptismal Epiphanies

When I was a parish pastor in a suburb of Atlanta, one of my tasks was worship planning. Besides regular preaching, worship planning is probably the one

A New Genesis

“In the beginning…”

This is how to start your sermon, Working Preachers. It makes so much sense, on so many levels. “In the beginning”

Light Shines in Darkness, and on Rooftops

Recent events in Paris stand out as a microcosm of the struggles human face: in the same month, horrific, unexpected, disruptive intercultural violence,

Preaching Climate Justice: Homiletic Reflection for a Planet in Peril

Climate change is a gospel issue, one that belongs in the pulpit. This is a question of loving our children and the generations yet unborn. When it comes

Divine and Human Favor

Well, that was quick!

Zero to twelve in two days. For those persons in the pews, the first Sunday after Christmas may seem out of place, strange. Wait

The Need for Christmas Preaching

Dear Working Preachers,

Why preach on Christmas? Why indeed? I mean, you’ve got the carols and the candles; the special music and the story itself;

How to Embody Scripture: Soulful Proclamation (4 of 4)

Final in a four-part series of videos on how to embody Scripture in worship

In this fourth video, Sam Bardwell demonstrates how to proclaim Scripture

Proclamation in Advent: Full-throated and Soulful

This article is the final in a four-part series for those who read Scripture in worship (or those who help prepare lectors). Watch the accompanying videos