Craft of Preaching

Let All of Me Kneel before God’s Holy Name: A Six Part Lenten Series

This Lenten series focuses on our bodily worship of the Triune God. When we come to worship, we are to engage all of your bodies in the art and act of worship

Saying What We See

Reading Jesus’ words knowing that they could be the basis of a sermon the Sunday after Election Day in the United States gives me pause. The results

Notes from the Field: Elections, Bulldozers, and Grief

Anybody here feel like a bulldozer has run over you a few times lately?

If so, you’re probably in a context that’s dealing with the U.S. presidential

Who Says There's No Resurrection?

We tend to ask the wrong questions about the resurrection -- case in point, the inquiry of the Sadducees. Of course, their engagement with Jesus is to challenge

Isaiah’s Earthly Hopes

One liturgical year ends soon and the next will immediately begin. The lectionary’s seasonal turning from Christ’s eternal reign to the advent

Salvation Today

“Today salvation has come to this house.” Mic drop.

But, of course, not everyone is happy when salvation shows up. Good news for some is not

Love Them

When it comes to the pulpit, I am generally not a “rules” person.

After all, “rules” are generally not meant to be flexible and

Thank God for the Other

“God, I thank you that I am not like other people. Really, thank you, God.”

Wow, does this passage ever convict! And if we are not found guilty

Preaching on Reformation: Global, Ecumenical, Ongoing

This coming Reformation Day, October 31, 2016, is different from many others. On this day, we launch into the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation culminating

Designing the Mystery

This is the first installment in a series on worship and preaching. To tell you the truth, I’m not interested in giving preaching help for seasonal

Just Justice

So, just how should we define justice?

While this story from Luke is most certainly a commending of our contending with God (especially paired with the

Same Old Jesus

We often give Jesus’ disciples grief for being clueless sidekicks who never seem to get what Jesus is saying. But there was one instance in which

Sermon Brainwave Q & A

Watch (below) or listen to listen to (at right) the full-length Sermon Brainwave podcast on Revised Common Lectionary texts for Oct. 16, 2016.

The podcast

Preaching the Election: Special Edition podcast

Listen to or download the podcast on preaching the U.S. presidential election.

In the intro to this Sermon Brainwave special edition podcast, Rolf Jacobson

The Rhythms of Faith

See, return, praise, worship, give thanks, get up, and go.

What if we imagined, if only for this week, that this could be the rhythm of faith?

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