Craft of Preaching

Designing the Mystery

This is the first installment in a series on worship and preaching. To tell you the truth, I’m not interested in giving preaching help for seasonal

Just Justice

So, just how should we define justice?

While this story from Luke is most certainly a commending of our contending with God (especially paired with the

Same Old Jesus

We often give Jesus’ disciples grief for being clueless sidekicks who never seem to get what Jesus is saying. But there was one instance in which

Sermon Brainwave Q & A

Watch (below) or listen to listen to (at right) the full-length Sermon Brainwave podcast on Revised Common Lectionary texts for Oct. 16, 2016.

The podcast

Preaching the Election: Special Edition podcast

Listen to or download the podcast on preaching the U.S. presidential election.

In the intro to this Sermon Brainwave special edition podcast, Rolf Jacobson

The Rhythms of Faith

See, return, praise, worship, give thanks, get up, and go.

What if we imagined, if only for this week, that this could be the rhythm of faith?

At the

Durable Faith

Jesus’ commandment to love God, others, and self seems like an easy message to convey. People want, need, and long for love, right? Yet, ask any preacher.

The Increments of Faith

One of the hardest things about being a teacher of preachers is that I don’t serve a church. I sometimes feel like I exist in a performative contradiction.

Preaching Wholeness: I'm Back!

After a bit of a break, I am grateful for the opportunity to once again be part of Working Preacher’s blogging community. Thanks to Luther Seminary

A Priest, a Rabbi, and a Pastor Walk into the Pulpit: What preachers can learn from stand-up comedians (Part 2 of 2)

Jerry Seinfeld said, "Being a comedian is like being a murderer; no matter what people tell you, you're probably going to do it anyway." Preaching

The Bosom Of Abraham

Rock-a-my soul in the bosom of Abraham,
Rock-a-my soul in the bosom of Abraham,
Rock-a-my soul in the bosom of Abraham,
Oh, rock-a-my soul.

You know

Authentic Preaching

The preacher in me is tired. She absorbs so much of other people’s pain that she forgets (or avoids) attending to her own pain. Sometimes she feels

Being Faithful In Much

A few years ago, I gave up on the idea of balance. Balance is a myth.1 It is simply not possible to keep the important things in your life in perfect balance

Lost and Found

“Issues reach the pulpit before you do." This statement by my dear friend Rev. Michael Brown, senior Pastor of Marble Collegiate Church in NYC, first

A Priest, a Rabbi, and a Pastor Walk into the Pulpit: What preachers can learn from stand-up comedians (Part 1 of 2)

What preachers do is more than a little bit crazy. “The foolishness of our proclamation,” as Paul put it, is quite literally all that we have