Craft of Preaching

Designing the Mystery: Preaching at the Sending Rite

In a previous congregation, we ended every liturgy by processing to the back of the worship space. The congregation turned toward the cross as it passed

Be Perfect

I am a perfectionist. I know this about myself and people have rarely hesitated to confirm it. Yet, typical advice to me usually goes something like this:

Preaching Moment 330: M. Craig Barnes on the Courage to Preach

The Rev. M. Craig Barnes believes that preaching is a holy calling that a preacher responds to. "The best reason to be afraid is not that you are going

Preaching in Interesting Times

There is supposedly an old Chinese curse that goes: “May you live in interesting times.”

We certainly live in interesting times, and it often

Choose Life

Choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19). Not as easy as it sounds these days. This rather obvious litmus test for what it means to a disciple in the Kingdom of

Preaching Moment 329: Michael Curry on the Courage to Preach

Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, gives advise to preachers who may feel discouraged to preach because of their inadequacies. No

Just Be It

If you want to know what it’s looked like lately to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world, Google the Women’s March of January

Preaching Moment 328: Andrew Foster Connors on Preaching in Crisis

Andrew Foster Connors reflects on preaching in his Baltimore congregation, Brown Memorial, in April 2015 after a week of protests and rioting that followed

Durable Faith: Grace for the New Year

Even if they haven't written it down, most people have an idea of what they want 2017 to look like, both professionally and personally. With a whole year

Righteous Living

Do you really hunger and thirst for righteousness?

Sometimes, perhaps most times, I am not sure. That’s where the Beatitudes hit me this week.

Preaching Moment 327: Otis Moss III on Preaching Mark 5

Otis Moss III discusses how to approach Mark 5 "from the underground up" when preaching, raising existential, theological and biblical questions.

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Authentic Preaching: How to Prophesy

No one is a prophet because they want to be. If you do not have the reluctance of a biblical prophet, you likely do not have a message from God. If you

Mapping God's Promises

Many of you know that early on in Sermon Brainwave history, I became known as the geography maven. I am the one who usually points out in a passage a geographical

Preaching Moment 326: Otis Moss III on Preaching like MLK Jr.

Dr. Otis Moss III, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, said, "I think all of us should have prophetic proclivities. You may not see yourself

Feed Me!: What I Long to Hear from My Pew, Wheelchair, and Hospital Bed

I have spent the better part of the last 35 years trying to become a better preacher. I would try to impress my homiletics professors and fellow seminary