Craft of Preaching

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 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,

Witnessing

Sometimes, Dear Working Preachers, a biblical text emboldens you, empowers you, encourages you to give witness to your life. This week’s text was

Are You The One?

"Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?" If that isn’t a question that breaks your heart ... or maybe, it speaks a truth,

Power Potentials

There is no end to power’s deception and corruption.

While we don’t need the Bible to corroborate that statement, we seem rather content when

A Truth-Telling Advent

John the Baptist. He’s the Gospel focus for the second and third Sundays of Advent. In Mark, he’s clearly Elijah (2 Kings 1:8). In John, he

Notice, Share, Invite

Dear Working Preacher,

If you really want to understand why the church is declining in North America, you need to recognize how frightened most of our

Disappointed with God at Christmastime

Dear Working Preacher,

So I here’s how I imagine the background to today’s reading: John’s cell was dark and dank. Prison cells usually

Hoping for More

Dear Working Preacher,

If you were to spend a moment daydreaming about your idea for a perfect Christmas, what images would you conjure? Pews filled to

A Promise We're All Invited Into

Dear Working Preacher,

If this is John's idea of good news, I’m not sure I want to hear the bad news.

Our readings this week and last center of

Tell the Truth Twice

Dear Working Preacher,

Good night, but I find this a difficult passage to preach on! The easy way to preach it, I suppose, is to render it a morality tale.

3 Important Words (or, Concerning the Fantasy Lives of Preachers)

Dear Working Preacher,

There's a simple exchange that takes place in today's gospel reading that is simultaneously critical to the health of the church

Do You See What I See?

Dear Working Preacher,

Every once in a while, the appointed passage speaks so clearly to our own day and time that it's nothing short of arresting. This

The Problem with John

Dear Working Preacher,

Do you even wonder if John the Baptist made the first Christians as uncomfortable as he does us? I suspect that from their point