Craft of Preaching

Theology and Interpretation

Working with texts and placing them within a theological framework.

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

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,

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

Preaching from Mark's Gospel: Fasten Your Seat Belts

Regarding the Gospels, many lectionary preachers may approach Year B in the Revised Common Lectionary with less than uplifted hearts. Gone are Matthew’s

Preaching the Bible to Those Who Have Never Read It

Blockbuster films and scandalous exposé-style books based on the Bible continue to generate millions of dollars. Nevertheless, many pastors and church

Lent in Jerusalem: Beyond the Palm Parade

Several weeks ago, Rolf Jacobson wrote helpfully about the re-imagination of Lent; rather than employing the tired language of a “Lenten Journey,”

Rethinking the 'Lenten Journey': Start by Asking, 'What's Lent for?' (Part 2 of 2)

In this second of two essays, Rolf Jacobson takes liturgical lemons and attempts to make theological lemonade. Jacobson takes a personal quirk -- the fact

Rethinking the 'Lenten Journey': The Train Has Left the Station (Part 1 of 2)

In the first of two essays, Rolf Jacobson takes liturgical lemons and attempts to make theological lemonade. Jacobson takes a personal quirk -- the fact

Laughing with Scripture

Almost everyone in the assembly was laughing. What was strange was that no one had told a well-timed joke; no one had uttered a witty pun; no one had made