Craft of Preaching

Prayers Needed

Back in February, I was the presenter at a woman’s retreat, my fourth year in a row with a group of women from this particular church. The retreat

Savoring the Task: Keeping Easter Alive

Maybe we should pay for the high school trumpet player’s music lessons so we can keep the trumpet sounding for the great fifty days of Easter. I learned

Abide In My Love

Dear Working Preachers, so much in this passage on which to preach! Joy, love one another, laying down your life for your friends, I chose you, bear fruit,

We Need to Talk

Dear Preachers,

We need to talk. And by “we,” -- I mean, you and me.

For far too long, we (and by we, I mean you and me) have been diminishing

On Withering

“Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.” - John

Psalms that Reflect on Human Life

Three truths about humans living within a wider created world stand out frequently in the Psalms and elsewhere in the Bible. Each of these calls humans

On Being the Good Shepherd

What does “good” mean? An ambiguous adjective is a rather uncomfortable affair. One person’s “good” is not necessarily mine,

Preaching + Trauma

[This article is co-authored by Jessica Davis.]

“They cried to the Lord in their trouble, and Ze delivered them from their distress; Ze brought them

Returning Gifts

This month, I invite you to explore with me a time-honored, traditional stewardship approach that has made me increasingly uncomfortable. My problem is

We Are Witnesses

“You are witnesses of these things” (Luke 24:48).

Notice, Dear Working Preachers, Jesus’ address to the disciples is not, “you

When Seeing is Believing

What is it that we need to see to believe? To believe that death has indeed been overcome? To believe the promises of the resurrection here and now? To

Preaching Acts in Easter (Year B)

As reliable as lilies, bonnets, and chocolate bunnies, every year the Acts of the Apostles shows up during the Easter season. While some preachers reach

No End to the Story

John or Mark? It’s your Easter choice this year. Two very different resurrection reports. Two unique interpretations of the empty tomb. As many of

Why Holy Week?

Dear Working Preachers, this Sunday begins one of the most important weeks of the church year. As you already know. A lot of weight falls on Palm/Passion

When Safe Spaces Become Toxic Places (Part 2 of 2)

“For those of us preachers who are viewed as aberrations or abominations, there are certain stories whose edges dig sharply into our souls. It is