Craft of Preaching

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

Valuing What God Makes

Everyone knows, practically every day, the cost of a gallon of gasoline at the local pump. What we may not recognize so constantly are its hidden costs,

Learning How to Preach Again

It’s good to be back, Dear Working Preachers. Yes, it is always good to come home after an extended trip, but it’s good to be back writing this

Preaching the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation (in 8 Parts)

Listen to the accompanying podcast for this sermon series. The podcast covers each of the eight sessions.

In perhaps his most famous sermon, Martin Luther

Rebooting Your Translation

A recent State Farm commercial depicts how a shift in context can dramatically change the meanings of words: “Is this my car?!”—with joy,

That Sinking Feeling

I hope we can all agree that it’s misguided to take Matthew’s story about Peter walking on the water and turn it into a sappy morality tale