Craft of Preaching

The Look on God's Face

I know people who dread a stewardship sermon as much as they would a tax audit.

There are advantages to being a third-career pastor. One of the advantages

Whole Life Living

“Her whole life.” That’s what she gave, friends. The Greek is certain. Clear. Little room for wiggle room. Not a portion. Not a tithe.

Saintly Activity

“Love your neighbor as yourself” is a fitting text for both a Sunday after Pentecost and All Saints Sunday.

According to Jesus, a mark of discipleship

Fertility under Threat

Fertility of both soil and womb concerned many biblical writers in an era of threat by drought and disease, as seen this month especially in the stories

No More Silence

“Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly.” Thank God. Literally. Bartimaeus won’t be told to shut up.

Bold Preaching

When you read about the battles between Amos and the court prophets, with whom do you identify?

The answer would seem obvious. Amos was God’s prophet,

The Ability of Ableness

"We are able." Wow. We are so certain, aren’t we? We think we are capable of so much. We really do. And why? What is it about us that we locate our

The Thing You Lack

"You lack one thing.” Ouch. I fear I lack much more than one thing, do you?

But what does this fellow lack, exactly? Of course, there’s all

We're Winning

Last month I expressed frustration that despite all we proclaim and do in our churches to bring the love of Christ to hurting and lost people, the prevailing

Dependence Needs

This is one of those texts.

Call it difficult, challenging, or even a text of terror, there is simply no way you can read aloud Mark 10:2-16, or Genesis

On Seeing Yourself

“We saw someone….” That’s how a lot of judgment starts, doesn’t it? "Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name,

Job’s Unsettled World and Ours

The biblical patriarch Job, a well-respected community leader, is easy for prosperous U.S. Christians to identify with. He is one of us, wealthy and successful

The Nature of Faith

What is the nature of faith? That’s kind of what Jesus is asking the disciples with his unassuming question, “soooooo, what were you chatting

Location Matters

Location, location, location. We know how important location is, but when it comes to interpreting the Bible, it matters on many levels. There’s location

God Said Yes to Me

Something different, Working Preachers. I want to begin the column this week with a reading that I think captures some of the spirit we see and hear in