Craft of Preaching

Theology and Interpretation

Working with texts and placing them within a theological framework.

Preaching + These Bodies

My colleagues and I were sitting in a circle in the comfortable lounge area of the building. We were talking about our favorite holiday traditions from

Preaching + Poverty

The men’s Bible study and breakfast crew were all over 70 years old. One morning we went around the circle and shared our “poor foods,”

Small Thing, Abundant Growth

One of our sons-in-law works in plant pathology. Recently he took us to visit the lab and greenhouse where he works to discover the genetic makeup of various

Preaching + Divorce

Jesus said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another,

Preaching + Suicide Prevention

In my own struggles with suicidality as a teen and young adult, the church was instrumental in saving my life. The congregation I grew up in was nonjudgmental

Preaching + Food

My preaching turned to food around eight years ago when I grew tired of visiting members of my church in the hospital for diet-related illnesses. I wanted

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

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.

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 + 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

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

People Get It, but Need Leadership

I recently returned from a weekend in a large Presbyterian church in Michigan, where I was asked to speak about the faith dimensions of creation care and

Preaching + Recovery

As someone who is formerly homeless, formerly incarcerated, and in long-term recovery I often find “Lenten disciplines” to be a funny deal.

Preaching on Faith + Science

“I’m not qualified to preach on science and faith.”

This statement is more common than I would like to admit. I have even -- true confessions

Creation Care and Kilowatt Hours

Recently I was asked to speak in a church in the bluegrass area of central Kentucky on two related topics: “Creation Care and Kilowatt Hours”