Craft of Preaching

Rest For Your Souls

The invitation to rest is not one I readily or easily accept. Even from Jesus. There are at least a hundred reasons why, of course -- too much to do, expectations

Preaching Moment 341: Michael Curry on Preaching Biblical Characters

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry explores ideas for preaching series in the summer months. He describes the serial possibilities for sermons based on a particular

Welcome

"Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.”

It’s one thing to be in the position of welcoming

Preaching Moment 339: Michael Brown On Preaching in Spirit

Michael Brown talks about preaching "in the Spirit mode" wherein the preacher throws oneself into the lesson and can actually take a journey wherein "the

Not Peace but a Sword

“Not peace but a sword.” I resist this saying of Jesus. I resist it a lot, not only because it sounds so wrong. On so many levels. I resist

Jumpstart the Conversation this Summer

Last week I sat with members of a tall-steeple church who expressed deep frustration that, despite encouragement, their pastor refused to preach on environmental

The Laborers Are Few

“Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons.” What would the world look like if the primary ways by which we imagined

Preaching Moment 340: Eunjoo Mary Kim Preaching on Nature

Eunjoo Mary Kim offers her perspective on nature and suggests that Western notions about the concept of nature and the individual's role within it should

Delivered with Love, From Me to You

On Confirmation Sunday, I was reminded once again of an important truth about preaching. Preaching is most effective when we direct our words not to people

A Trinitarian Difference

Trinity Sunday is a hard one to figure out. Any sermon that tries to explain the Trinity will likely end up as interesting as the proverbial watching paint

Spirit Work

This year’s Festival of Homiletics in San Antonio -- and great to see so many of you there! -- was Barbara Brown Taylor’s last time as a presenter.

Weightier Matters: Faith, Justice, and Mercy

As I prepare this month’s column, the scripture that refuses to let me rest is:

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe

The Power of Prayer

How quickly do we pass over the prayers of Jesus and choose the commands of Jesus so as to construct our Christological portraits as well as what we think

A Paraclete Kind of Life

Dear Working Preachers, I absolutely love this passage in John. Ok, I know what you are thinking -- is there a passage in John that you don’t love,

Saying Goodbye

When you have to say goodbye, what do you say? It depends on the situation, of course; if you are the one leaving or the one left behind; if this is forever