Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

Overturning Messiah

Those of us who stay up late watching “As Seen on TV” ads may remember seeing the Topsy Turvy upside-down tomato planter. This product allows

Right or Righteous?

You read the text for this week and they sound so familiar.

Maybe, you sense the sermon you are preparing seems like a repeat. Haven’t you preached

Shine On, You Working Preachers

You are the light of the world.

Not Jesus, but you. And the you is plural. You, Working Preachers, are the light of the world.

I know the Gospel of John

Dwell in Possibility

This week brings us a set of familiar, “classic” texts.

I suppose that for any congregation that uses the lectionary regularly, most weeks

A Beautiful Community

Dear Working Preacher,

Epiphany greetings to you! And thanks for what you do, preaching the word in season and out. May the light of God—revealed

Embodying Epiphany

These days I am wondering how much Epiphany reveals about us.

Granted, Epiphany is about Jesus, what Jesus is revealing about himself, what manifestations

Baptism: A disruptive reminder

In just one week, 2020 has already turned into an overwhelming year.

The new decade has arrived with suffering, suspicion, and sedition. As you prepare

Alpha and Omega

It is the first Sunday of the New Year. For most households in the Western world, Christmas lights have been put away, the tree stowed until next year or

Herod, Too, Is the Reason for the Season

In his arresting Advent sermon “The Coming of Jesus in Our Midst,” Dietrich Bonhoeffer said this in response to our tendency to turn the Incarnation

Holding on to Advent

What a difference a pronoun makes.

The promise of Jesus’ birth and Jesus’ name is, “God is with us,” not “God is with you

Testify to God’s Great Joy

Here we are, Working Preachers,

’Tis the season. It’s not yet Christmas, though. Despite the trees with lights hung, and places with carols

John and the Two Sides of the Pulpit

I wonder who baptized John.

He might have had to do it himself. But I hope someone helped. Even Jesus sought out another human being to baptize him. He

The Golden Hour

Let’s begin with an confession: This is a challenging text.

It is made more so by the fact that the phrase, “thief in the night,” is

On Orange Cars and Gratitude for Preaching Another Year

I open this week’s letter with a question for you and then a word of thanks. The question: How many orange cars or trucks did you see on your last

This Far by Faith

Apocalyptic themes fascinate, confuse, and rebuff us.

Almost everyone who comes to worship this week will have encountered some form of End Times theology