Craft of Preaching

Innocence Lost?

Happy New Year, Dear Working Preachers.

From different kinds of correspondence with many of you -- emails, Facebook, being together at conferences -- 2016

Preaching Moment 323: Adam Hamilton on Preaching Luke

Adam Hamilton teaches on the importance of presenting the Gospel of Luke -- the "gospel of nobodies" -- to marginalized people in society.

In Luke, Jesus

Where Are the Prayers? Preaching and the Prayers of Intercession

It happened too often. “Where are the prayers?” the assisting minister would ask as we got ready for worship. “Oh no, I forgot to print

The Meaning of Christmas

Merry Christmas, Dear Working Preachers.

I hope you will be forgiving of a rather personal perspective on Christmas for this week’s column. Yet,

Preaching Moment 322: Yvette Flunder on Serving Others

Yvette Flunder discusses the story of the feeding of the 5,000 as it relates to everyday ministry: "When we take time to serve others, there are blessings

The Good News of God With Us

“God with us” is not always good news. It depends on who you think God is. It depends on how you think God is active in the world. It depends

Preaching Moment 321: Yvette Flunder on Preaching at the Margins

Yvette Flunder challenges those in marginalized communities to raise their "possibility thinking" so that they can see ways in which their contributions

Identity Crisis

One of the lessons we have learned from recent politics is the power of group identity. To the astonishment of political pundits, it appears that once people

Are You The One?

"Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?" If that isn’t a question that breaks your heart ... or maybe, it speaks a truth,

In the Wilderness

“In the wilderness” -- a potentially overlooked setting for the prophetic tidings of our dear friend John the Baptist. We are usually eager

Durable Faith: Preaching Post-Election

Many things came to mind as I prepared to write this month’s column. With the election in full view, two questions relentlessly pressed upon me. First,

Are You Ready?

I love it when Scripture points out the ambiguity of God’s judgment -- a rather helpful reminder these days. There is nothing to distinguish or determine

Who and What is Your King?

Concentrating on the crucifixion for Christ the King Sunday is a confluence of some rather puzzling and disturbing truths -- especially in the wake of the

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