Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

Insights, ideas and inspiration related to the coming week's lectionary texts.

Calling a Thing What It Actually Is

Do you know that Mahalia Jackson song, Rusty Old Halo? When I read the Gospel passage this week, I found that I couldn’t get that song out of my head.

The New Math of the Kingdom of God

Thank you for the work you do to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.

May the words that you speak be like rain that falls from heaven, and which does not

Forgiveness Is at the Core

It was an astonishing thing to see.

A young black man sat in the witness stand of a courtroom in Dallas, speaking to the white woman on trial, Amber Guyger,

Opening the Door to Reconciliation

In 2019, Jia Tolentino (staff writer at The New Yorker) identified five intersecting problems created by the internet: 

[F]irst, how the internet

Security or Stumbling Block?

“From this moment on …”

This phrase has richer meaning for some of your listeners these days. It’s been a long year for us all.

The Preacher as Liberator

We preach to set people free.

Freedom is the hallmark of the Christian message.

We know that because it is such a familiar theme in the New Testament.

Trying Not to Be a Hero

Early in my college career I took an introductory music history course.

On the first day of class, the professor asked us, “What do you do while

Out of Our Forts, into the World

How are you? I stopped and prayed for you as I wrote this piece—you who get up to preach the Gospel week in and week out to a weary world. And oh,

The God Who Feels -- and Feeds

Grace and peace to you, Working Preacher, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for preaching the word

Open Us to the World

Let’s revisit the year so far: COVID-19, the killing of George Floyd, widespread protests demanding for racial justice, impeachment, a fractious Democratic

Stop Weeding and Start Watching

It happened again. I only have to write this column periodically, while you have to prepare a sermon every week.

So why is it again “Saturday night”

At Work in the Fields of the Lord

There’s a spot in my garden, about twelve square feet, where nothing grows.

I’ve spent too much money on different kinds of plants and untold

Rest for Your Soul

Dear Working Preacher,

How are you?

No, really, how are you? How is it with your heart, your spirit?

I hope you are well. I hope that the ministry you

A Risk Worth Taking

Dear Working Preacher,

Thanks for all you do to proclaim the gospel in this broken world. For being, as Saint Paul says, steadfast, immovable, and always

Do Not Be Afraid

“Racism is not getting worse, it’s getting filmed,” said Will Smith in August 2016.

Who could have imagined how true these prophetic