Craft of Preaching

Breathing

Happy Pentecost, Dear Working Preachers!

If you have been reading my column these past years or are a regular listener of Sermon Brainwave, you can probably

Preaching Moment 347: Luke Powery on Preaching in a Spiritual Mode

Preaching in a spiritual mode, as the Rev. Luke Powery puts it, is preaching with an awareness of the spiritual, homiletical tradition, with the way we

If the Trinity Mattered

Confession time -- I am not a systematic theologian. So when it comes to saying something about the Trinity, the theological hairs on the back of my head

Spirit Work

This year’s Festival of Homiletics in San Antonio -- and great to see so many of you there! -- was Barbara Brown Taylor’s last time as a presenter.

A Paraclete Kind of Life

Dear Working Preachers, I absolutely love this passage in John. Ok, I know what you are thinking -- is there a passage in John that you don’t love,

Filled With the Holy Spirit

The First Sunday in Lent. Are you anxious? Concerned? Disillusioned? All of the above? And maybe we should be. What to do with Lent is cause for significant

Spirit Feelings

Dear Working Preachers! How many of you were at the Festival of Homiletics this past week? If you were not able to attend, I hope to see you next year

Preaching Moment 300: Yvette Flunder on Sermon Inspiration

Yvette Flunder shares the need of the preacher to pay attention to the context and listen for the inspirational "hook" that comes from God.

"I want to

Betting on the Spirit

Back in seminary, and when I teach preaching, we emphasized over and over again to our students the importance of taking time to prepare and craft a sermon

We Are Looking for You, Holy Spirit

We are looking for you, Holy Spirit.

We block off some time to spend with the lectionary text for this Sunday, looking for you. We search for you in and

Pentecost Dreams

Dear Working Preacher,

Pentecost is the time to dream.

Come to think of it, maybe every season in the church is a time to dream. After all, we worship

Communities of the Spirit

Dear Working Preacher,

We know about loss. Each of us and all of us, personally and deeply.

But we don’t talk about it very much.

These two clashing

Courage to Follow, Courage to Lead

Few people thrive on conflict. Yet leadership can bring us face to face with it in unexpected moments. What motivates normal people to overcome fear when

When Will Your Next Pentecost Be?

Dear Working Preacher,

 

Though I am normally cautious to generalize from my particular experience, when it comes to Pentecost I’m going to

The Power of Being Prayed For

Dear Working Preacher,

 

What you do matters. I’ve said that before, and I’ll say it again.

 

Why?

 

Because it’s