Craft of Preaching

Preaching Moment 344: Michael Curry on Bread of Life (John 6)

Michael Curry speaks on the challenges and opportunities of preaching through the Revised Common Lectionary summer series on John 6, the Bread of Life.

Guest Preaching in an Age of ‘Too Political’

As a preacher, I realize I should open with some things we all agree on, build up some rapport, and gain your trust first. Then, once I've been there for

A Lesson from Mark

We preachers are intercalators. Maybe at some point in time, we learned to be so from Mark. This is Mark’s specialty, of course -- inserting one story

Preaching Moment 343: Otis Moss III on the Preacher's Notebook

Using an imagination notebook when studying the scriptures can be an effective tool in preaching, especially because the preacher will be able to interpret

Crossing the Kingdom

Transitions matter.

“On that day” -- on what day, exactly? Inquiring minds want to know, Mark.

Well, on the same day, as it turns out, that

God’s Open Hand

Several weeks of Gospel texts this summer read John 6, beginning with the story of Jesus’ feeding the multitudes with five barley loaves and two fish.

On Trusting

“The earth produces on its own.” Thank God, literally.

Every once in a while Jesus gives us a break -- a break from the demands of bringing

Preaching + Complicated Relationships

When a new friend learns I’m an only child, they often assume my life is free from complications. I am an only child who made myself and the house

Preaching about Sin and Forgiveness

Two brief stories illustrate the difficulty of preaching about sin and forgiveness these days:

First, I had the honor of bringing communion to a wonderful,

Out of Our Minds

“Out of his mind.” That seems about right when it comes to perceptions of what we believe, whom we follow, and how we live as Christians. Accusations

A Sabbath Perspective

This past week was the 26th Festival of Homiletics in Washington, D.C., “Preaching and Politics.” An appropriate place and theme for times such

If the Trinity Mattered

Confession time -- I am not a systematic theologian. So when it comes to saying something about the Trinity, the theological hairs on the back of my head

Preaching + Stereotypes

Then turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman?” - Luke 7:44a

I am a Korean-American and have served in predominately

A True Pentecost

Pentecost Sunday. A rather troubling misnomer, after all. Because even though we know in theory that the Spirit was never meant to be contained to one Sunday

Preaching to Grads

Graduate Recognition Sunday.

Just the mention is enough to give you THE SHIVERS,[1] isn’t it?

Not for every church, and not for every grad. It’s