Craft of Preaching

What Not To Wear

A wedding guest without a worthy wardrobe results in being cast out of the party into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth? Clearly,

Preaching + Domestic Violence

I will never forget what it felt like to sit in a pew in a church as I was waiting for the service to begin, reading through the bulletin and seeing these

How to Preach the News without Drowning

“Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household ... This

Caring for the Kingdom of Heaven

So, how are we doing taking care of that vineyard these days? Before we start casting shame and blame on the easy targets in this story and on those around

Hands-Free Preaching

I was a writer before I was a preacher. A colleague of mine, whose newspaper beat I stole, once said: “… of course I can’t turn a phrase

True Authority

“By what authority?”

Well, there’s a good question.

Authority is the question of the day. Or, is it a question of the past?

We live

Preaching Angry

Whoa.

Has it really been a year since my last contribution?

Good thing not much has happened in the past year :-)

For me these past months have been

A Beatitude Kind of World

This past week I presented at an amazing conference held in Waco, Texas, called “Nevertheless SHE Preached.”

A grassroots event, dreamt by

Preaching + Forgiveness

During my years of active ministry in the parish, I had many opportunities to preach on Matthew 18, the Gospel for last week (Matthew 18:15-20) and for

Forgiveness 101

“How often should I forgive, Jesus?” Of course, Jesus’ response to Peter’s question doesn’t really provide an answer but rather

Durable Faith: Walk by Faith, not by Sight

What does durable faith mean in times like these?

The Apostle Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 7, “we walk by faith, not by sight,” come

God Is With Us

For many churches, this coming Sunday is the start of the fall schedule, a return to the programming and activities that create the hum of the church which

The Cross at a Crossroads

Before the cross became equated with salvation and a symbol for a religion, it denoted something too often overlooked in our theological machinations. It

Why ‘Preaching + __________’?

Saying “I love you!” to a crowd does not make any individual feel loved. Most assume it is meant more for others in the group rather than for

Speaking Up for a Living God

The tension between, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" and "But who do you say that I am?" is the homiletical tension of this Gospel text. It