Craft of Preaching

Timely Matters

“It was about four o'clock in the afternoon.” I have always been curious about this detail, but have never quite known what to do with it. I

The Meaning of Christmas

Merry Christmas, Dear Working Preachers.

I hope you will be forgiving of a rather personal perspective on Christmas for this week’s column. Yet,

The Good News of God With Us

“God with us” is not always good news. It depends on who you think God is. It depends on how you think God is active in the world. It depends

An Embodied Lent

Bodies.

We have them. We inhabit them. But often we do not know what to do with them.

We desperately want to change them, improve them, shrink them, hide

Just Praise

The fullness of time has indeed come (Gal 4:4) and indeed, how can we keep silent (Isa 62:1)? For we have seen God’s salvation, prepared in the presence

A Good Day to be Born

My birthday is December 24. For a long time, longer than I care to admit, I thought my birthday was actually on Christmas because my family always celebrated

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,

Unbind Us, Please

This January, we rush from Christmas into Epiphany, the time between too brief. We do that every year and it’s hard on me. I’m a Revised Common

An Unsentimental Christmas Sermon

Dear Working Preacher,

We’re at one of those junctures where the church calendar that we who lead congregations pay attention to collides with the

Matthew's Version of the Incarnation, Part 2

Dear Working Preacher,

This is a heavy, even difficult story to read just four days after Christmas. If I were the senior editor on this project, I would

Matthew's Version of the Incarnation

Dear Working Preacher,

Just two thoughts as we approach the fourth Sunday in Advent. Just two thoughts on Matthew’s account of the birth of Jesus.

No One Has Seen God

Dear Working Preacher,

I've always felt that one of the great privileges and responsibilities of the preacher is to help us confront our unnamed fears.