Craft of Preaching

Theology and Interpretation

Working with texts and placing them within a theological framework.

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

Not A Safe God

I am often asked, as I was this past Sunday at a church gathering, what is the one easiest step a Christian can take to care for creation. It was a “bite

Preaching Adoption

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said

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

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

Durable Faith: Grace for the New Year

Even if they haven't written it down, most people have an idea of what they want 2017 to look like, both professionally and personally. With a whole year

Naming the Name of Jesus

“Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words.”

This saying, attributed (apocryphally) to St. Francis, has become popular in

Now It’s Up to Us

The future of environmental well-being seemed hopeful last year to many in faith communities, with the publication of Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato

Durable Faith: Preaching Post-Election

Many things came to mind as I prepared to write this month’s column. With the election in full view, two questions relentlessly pressed upon me. First,

Isaiah’s Earthly Hopes

One liturgical year ends soon and the next will immediately begin. The lectionary’s seasonal turning from Christ’s eternal reign to the advent

Preaching on Reformation: Global, Ecumenical, Ongoing

This coming Reformation Day, October 31, 2016, is different from many others. On this day, we launch into the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation culminating

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.

Faith Stays in, Doubt Steps Out

Before entering pastoral ministry I was encouraged to network and apply for pulpit vacancies. I was not a pulpit chaser. When it was time I felt I would

Review: New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis

When Eliza Doolittle is finally able to say, “The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain,” Henry Higgins blurts out, “I think she’s

An Existential Encounter with the Text

Just the thought of doing exegesis for one more sermon is enough to make some preachers want to scream. We all realize that good exegetical work is vital