Craft of Preaching

Baptism: A disruptive reminder

In just one week, 2020 has already turned into an overwhelming year.

The new decade has arrived with suffering, suspicion, and sedition. As you prepare

Alpha and Omega

It is the first Sunday of the New Year. For most households in the Western world, Christmas lights have been put away, the tree stowed until next year or

Practicing Gratitude

Searching for Christmas gifts for the youngest members of our family, I came across a “gratitude journal,” a forum for recording daily expressions

Herod, Too, Is the Reason for the Season

In his arresting Advent sermon “The Coming of Jesus in Our Midst,” Dietrich Bonhoeffer said this in response to our tendency to turn the Incarnation

Holding on to Advent

What a difference a pronoun makes.

The promise of Jesus’ birth and Jesus’ name is, “God is with us,” not “God is with you

Testify to God’s Great Joy

Here we are, Working Preachers,

’Tis the season. It’s not yet Christmas, though. Despite the trees with lights hung, and places with carols

John and the Two Sides of the Pulpit

I wonder who baptized John.

He might have had to do it himself. But I hope someone helped. Even Jesus sought out another human being to baptize him. He

Extraordinary Light: Preaching Christmas and Epiphany in Year A

Preaching happens in a liturgical context. The Twelve Days of Christmas transition worshippers towards the Epiphany of Jesus. Epiphany is here understood

The Golden Hour

Let’s begin with an confession: This is a challenging text.

It is made more so by the fact that the phrase, “thief in the night,” is

Sharing the Pulpit with an Interpreter

Imagine you have been invited to preach at the Korean church in your neighborhood. Or you are leading a mission team to Mexico and will be preaching at

On Orange Cars and Gratitude for Preaching Another Year

I open this week’s letter with a question for you and then a word of thanks. The question: How many orange cars or trucks did you see on your last

Sanctuary, the Bible, and Clarification

Over the summer, you may have heard in news and social media feeds about an action taken by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), my denomination.

This Far by Faith

Apocalyptic themes fascinate, confuse, and rebuff us.

Almost everyone who comes to worship this week will have encountered some form of End Times theology

Stay Awake: Preaching Advent in Year A

Ed. note: This is the first in a six-part series.

The liturgical calendar and the readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) introduce the worshiper

Be Present and Engaged

It’s a good week to read Haggai. It may or may not be a good week to preach Haggai—only you and the Holy Spirit know that for sure—but