Craft of Preaching

Dear Working Preacher

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

The Time Is Now

An Advent message that calls out privilege and abuse of power will likely not be popular proclamation. Especially in the season that celebrates consumerism,

What's in a Name?

Tiberius, Pontius Pilate, Herod, Philip, Lysanias, Annas, and Caiaphas.

These are some rather pontifical names in the midst of a story that started out

Nothing Lasts Forever

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”

Well, Jesus. Those are words I am holding onto dearly these days. For dear

The True Kingdom

Dear Working Preachers, many of you also listen to Working Preacher’s weekly podcast, Sermon Brainwave. As a result, you know that I am an adder.

What Large Stones

The idolatry of grandeur is a perennial problem for us. We might even say it is a constant crisis of the human condition. We can’t seem to bypass

The Widow's Might

Before you hold up the widow in Mark 12:41-44 as the ultimate example of generosity during this stewardship season. Before you suggest that her donation

For All The Saints

Dear Working Preachers, again this week I am going to straddle two Sundays, All Saints Sunday and the 24th Sunday after Pentecost. Because the brief passage

Reformers In Our Midst

“Take courage, get up, he is calling you.”

Whether you are preaching this Sunday on Bartimaeus or with a Reformation celebration in mind, this

Be Careful What You Wish For

“Be careful what you wish for.” We are all too familiar with this phrase and have a pretty good idea of what it means -- you may very well get

What Do You Lack?

“You lack one thing.” There is great irony in Jesus’ statement, isn’t there? We can likely assume that given his wealth, his many

The Divorce Text

There are certain texts that once read out loud in worship, in the midst of a faith community, demand then to be preached. The lection from Mark this week

A Hyperbolic Homiletic

If it sounds like Jesus is coming down hard on the disciples, well, it should.

We have a tendency not to like this Jesus, this Jesus who seems to mean

The Greatest

The relevance of Scripture continues to amaze me.

The many stories and illustrations we think we need to invigorate our sermons, to make them more interesting,

Who Do You Say that I Am?

“Who do you say that I am?” is a much harder question than we think it is, and it’s already hard enough.

This would be a good Sunday

A Tyre Mentality

It seems that no one can keep quiet when in the presence of God, as much as Jesus orders silence. “For saying that, the demon has left your daughter.”