Craft of Preaching

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,

How to Embody Scripture: Strength from God (3 of 4)

Third in a four-part series of videos on how to embody Scripture in worship

In the third video, Sam Bardwell demonstrates how to proclaim Scripture with

Proclamation in Advent: Reading Isaiah with Strength

This article is the third in a four-part series for those who read Scripture in worship (or those who help prepare lectors). Watch the accompanying videos

Advent Expectations

“The people were filled with expectation” (Luke 3:15).

What are your expectations? Do you expect to be safe? Do you expect more than a week

Advent as Testimony

Well, if last week was Advent as truth-telling, this week John’s John suggests Advent as testimony, as witness. Somewhat related, don’t you

Disappointed with God at Christmastime

Dear Working Preacher,

So I here’s how I imagine the background to today’s reading: John’s cell was dark and dank. Prison cells usually

A Promise We're All Invited Into

Dear Working Preacher,

If this is John's idea of good news, I’m not sure I want to hear the bad news.

Our readings this week and last center of

Do You See What I See?

Dear Working Preacher,

Every once in a while, the appointed passage speaks so clearly to our own day and time that it's nothing short of arresting. This