Craft of Preaching


It's not just about the sermon -- preaching is part of the larger liturgical context of worship.

Preaching and Worship in Lent

What we hear on Ash Wednesday when Lent begins is this: "give alms ... pray ... fast ... do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth. For where your

Why Lent?

Let's face it. Lent's in trouble.

Let me explain. Most of us have favorite holiday seasons. For some it's Christmas, with the family get-togethers and

On Praying for our Enemies

As I walked the airport hallways this Christmas traveling to and from family gatherings, I passed many soldiers in uniform.

Some of them, undoubtedly, were

Christmas Preaching in a Contemporary Context, Part III


Sometimes the ancient biblical story seems to select an already existing present-day story. In translating the passage from Matt 1:18--21,

Christmas Preaching in a Contemporary Context, Part II


Singing Christmas carols is itself a form of proclamation, as many of us know from walking around our neighborhood caroling with

Christmas Preaching in a Contemporary Context, Part I

As a pastor who has spent most of his ministry teaching in seminaries, I haven't had much of an opportunity to preach on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day,

In Defense of Singing Christmas Carols During Advent!

Okay, so I know this is contested ground.

After all, many pastors have resisted at some cost the insistent requests of their parishioners to sing Christmas

Preaching Stewardship: Confessions of a Convert

I love stewardship preaching. Honestly.

But that was not always the case. I used to, if not dread it, at least really not look forward to it. Actually,

Proclaiming the resurrection of the dead in the All Saints Sunday liturgy

"Preach always. Use words only if necessary," was the admonition of Francis of Assisi.

Our All Saints Sunday proclamation of the resurrection of the dead

Preaching as an Act of Worship Part II: Preaching as Worship

All of this talk about the life of the preacher as a life of worship does not negate the importance of what the preacher proclaims with his or her lips.

Preaching as an Act of Worship Part I: Preacher as Worshipper

To preach is to worship.

One normally hears about preaching in worship, but preaching is also worship. Before a preacher takes a biblical text for a sermon,

Reclaiming “Vocation” in our Worship & Preaching

In his 1972 book, Working, Studs Turkel describes the search of all people who work for a level of meaning in their employment that transcends the actual

The Bread of Life: Sermon Series on the Meaning of Holy Communion

I must confess that I do not always understand the choices of the lectionary authors.

Take this summer (year B) for instance. We are served the Bread of

Preaching at Weddings

"Building a wedding is a recipe for muddle -- the bridal party, the families, the guests, the minister, the vows, the food."

"You're attempting to make

Preaching at Funerals

Take a breath and give thanks.

At a funeral, your first task as preacher has been accomplished for you, namely gathering the attention of your hearers as