Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

The Meaning of Christmas

Merry Christmas, Dear Working Preachers.

I hope you will be forgiving of a rather personal perspective on Christmas for this week’s column. Yet,

The Good News of God With Us

“God with us” is not always good news. It depends on who you think God is. It depends on how you think God is active in the world. It depends

Are You The One?

"Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?" If that isn’t a question that breaks your heart ... or maybe, it speaks a truth,

In the Wilderness

“In the wilderness” -- a potentially overlooked setting for the prophetic tidings of our dear friend John the Baptist. We are usually eager

Are You Ready?

I love it when Scripture points out the ambiguity of God’s judgment -- a rather helpful reminder these days. There is nothing to distinguish or determine

Who and What is Your King?

Concentrating on the crucifixion for Christ the King Sunday is a confluence of some rather puzzling and disturbing truths -- especially in the wake of the

Saying What We See

Reading Jesus’ words knowing that they could be the basis of a sermon the Sunday after Election Day in the United States gives me pause. The results

Who Says There's No Resurrection?

We tend to ask the wrong questions about the resurrection -- case in point, the inquiry of the Sadducees. Of course, their engagement with Jesus is to challenge

Salvation Today

“Today salvation has come to this house.” Mic drop.

But, of course, not everyone is happy when salvation shows up. Good news for some is not

Thank God for the Other

“God, I thank you that I am not like other people. Really, thank you, God.”

Wow, does this passage ever convict! And if we are not found guilty

Just Justice

So, just how should we define justice?

While this story from Luke is most certainly a commending of our contending with God (especially paired with the

The Rhythms of Faith

See, return, praise, worship, give thanks, get up, and go.

What if we imagined, if only for this week, that this could be the rhythm of faith?

At the

The Increments of Faith

One of the hardest things about being a teacher of preachers is that I don’t serve a church. I sometimes feel like I exist in a performative contradiction.

The Bosom Of Abraham

Rock-a-my soul in the bosom of Abraham,
Rock-a-my soul in the bosom of Abraham,
Rock-a-my soul in the bosom of Abraham,
Oh, rock-a-my soul.

You know

Being Faithful In Much

A few years ago, I gave up on the idea of balance. Balance is a myth.1 It is simply not possible to keep the important things in your life in perfect balance