Craft of Preaching

The False Comfort of Agreement

Pause for a second before you start reading.

Stop. Think. Picture: Who is in your text study group?

Now, not everyone has a text study group, but we all

John 3:16

John 3:16. Perhaps the most well-known Bible verse and yet also one of the most destructive -- an assertion of exclusion rather than one of God’s

Preaching Moment 333: Craig Barnes on Preaching in a Cross-cultural Setting

M. Craig Barnes shares how to preach in a cross-cultural congregation: "If the congregation itself is multicultural and you are the pastor of it, then you're

Defending What We Love

Last week at the public library in Evansville, Indiana, more than 125 people gathered for a program about building backyard bird habitats, complete with

Choice Temptations

It is tempting to make Jesus’ temptation something that it is not. And, it is tempting to make Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness the only

Andrew Foster Connors 332: On Preaching the Old Testament

Andrew Foster Connor, Senior Pastor of the Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Md., emphasizes on the importance of preaching and

Durable Faith: What’s Love Got to Do with It?

I don’t know if Tina Turner realized it, but her question, “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” was about much more than the unhappiness

Change Matters

Dear Working Preachers, I feel like I need to begin with some rather unsolicited advice: do not preach some sort of sermon on the how the Transfiguration

Preaching Moment 331: Adam Hamilton on the Courage to Preach

Adam Hamilton discusses how the personal conviction based on your reading of the text. Like Jeremiah, the preacher has a message (based on the text) to

Designing the Mystery: Preaching at the Sending Rite

In a previous congregation, we ended every liturgy by processing to the back of the worship space. The congregation turned toward the cross as it passed

Be Perfect

I am a perfectionist. I know this about myself and people have rarely hesitated to confirm it. Yet, typical advice to me usually goes something like this:

Preaching Moment 330: M. Craig Barnes on the Courage to Preach

The Rev. M. Craig Barnes believes that preaching is a holy calling that a preacher responds to. "The best reason to be afraid is not that you are going

Preaching in Interesting Times

There is supposedly an old Chinese curse that goes: “May you live in interesting times.”

We certainly live in interesting times, and it often

Choose Life

Choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19). Not as easy as it sounds these days. This rather obvious litmus test for what it means to a disciple in the Kingdom of

Preaching Moment 329: Michael Curry on the Courage to Preach

Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, gives advise to preachers who may feel discouraged to preach because of their inadequacies. No