Craft of Preaching

A Merciful Advent

Listen closely. Anything sound familiar in Mary’s Magnificat? Notice anything similar between Mary’s song and Jesus’ inaugural sermon

Tender Prophecy

I find it curious that John the Baptist took his identity from the Isaiah 40 prophecy: the voice of one crying in the wilderness, “Prepare the way

How to Embody Scripture: Strength from God (3 of 4)

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

In the third video, Sam Bardwell demonstrates how to proclaim Scripture with

Proclamation in Advent: Reading Isaiah with Strength

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

Advent Expectations

“The people were filled with expectation” (Luke 3:15).

What are your expectations? Do you expect to be safe? Do you expect more than a week

How to Embody Scripture: Reading from the Heart (2 of 4)

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

In the second video, Sam Bardwell demonstrates how to proclaim Scripture from

Proclamation in Advent: Reading the Epistle with Heart

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

The Being of Salvation

“All flesh shall see the salvation of God.” Well, that depends.

The criteria we set in place for a claim like this makes for a rather large

How to Embody Scripture: Verbal Volleys (1 of 4)

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

In this 10-minute video, Sam Bardwell demonstrates how to read Bible passages

Three Kinds of Churchgoers

There are three types of churchgoers, in my experience. Members of each group can be identified by how they think about the church.

Group 1: Church as

Proclamation in Advent: Words that Do Not Fall to the Ground

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

Why Advent?

Oh my, Working Preachers. This text from Luke? At this time? In these circumstances? Too many people will hear Jesus’ words as those that predict

Kings of Relationship

"My kingdom is not from this world,” says Jesus. No kidding. That seems pretty obvious. Yet at the same time, this has to be one of the most obscure

All Flesh Shall See Salvation

Perhaps in past eras it did humans good to lift their eyes beyond the turmoil of life in the flesh. Our ancestors may have found hope during hardscrabble

Storied Stones

“What large stones and what large buildings?” If you have ever been to the Holy Land, you know just how big those stones really are. I have