Craft of Preaching

Whose God is This Anyway?

Does anyone else get uncomfortable proclaiming things like “How Great is Our God” or “Our God is an Awesome God” or “Behold

Fertility under Threat

Fertility of both soil and womb concerned many biblical writers in an era of threat by drought and disease, as seen this month especially in the stories

Job’s Unsettled World and Ours

The biblical patriarch Job, a well-respected community leader, is easy for prosperous U.S. Christians to identify with. He is one of us, wealthy and successful

Bread from Heaven

Food fills the menu in August’s lectionary. Four weeks of Gospel readings explore John 6’s discussions between Jesus and others following the

Brought to You by the Letter "O"

I just cannot help being intrigued by things that I don’t understand, no matter how seemingly inconsequential or how long they have been commonly

No Preaching Required

It’s hard to compete with Palm/Passion Sunday. And maybe, you shouldn’t.

Have you thought about letting the texts speak for themselves? Let

John 3:16 -- What Else Is There To Say?

John 3:14. Not even a close second to John 3:16 but certainly the reason why these verses from Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus make up the designated

God of Death and Life

Death and life dominate the Lenten lectionary in March, beginning on the first day with Abram’s childlessness and the promise of continued new life

Packers, Cowboys, and the Power of Hate

I cheered for the Green Bay Packers recently and I’m morally conflicted about it.

Not that there’s anything wrong with cheering for or not

God's Covenant with All Creatures

Sometimes a comfortably well-trodden path becomes a rut. When our interpretive wheels become stuck in it, we may misread important passages.

God’s

Baptismal Blessings?

I have said this before and I will say it again -- preaching on the Baptism of Our Lord Sunday can quickly and despairingly devolve into bland, benign,

Deep Winter Light

In the cold of earliest morning at Pendle Hill Quaker Center, I venture from my room to the Main House, where kitchen lights already shine welcome. The

Advent as a Way of Life

I wonder if the annunciation to Mary might function as a summary of the Advent season; a “hindsight is 20/20” kind of experience, kind of theology,

Yes, the Gospel Does Matter

Putting together a decent sermon is no easy task. This is not a complaint, it just is. As Nathan Aaseng comments in his September 16, 2014 column, Preaching

Hospitality 101

Dear Working Preachers,

Save the date. You know those postcards you get in the mail? Well, we all just got one. God is throwing a big party -- and you