Craft of Preaching

A Lesson from Mark

We preachers are intercalators. Maybe at some point in time, we learned to be so from Mark. This is Mark’s specialty, of course -- inserting one story

“What Is This?”

“They kept on asking each other, what is this? A new teaching?”

There’s the rub of the Gospel and why the Gospel was put to death.

Epiphany Preaching

Every three years, when Year B rolls around in the lectionary, my podcast co-hosts and I inevitably have the same conversation about Mark’s version

Wilderness Preaching

“A voice of one crying out in the wilderness…”

That, Dear Working Preachers, is what preaching is all about these days. If Matthew held

Preaching Mark in Times of Strife (Part 2 of 2)

In the first article of this two-part series, the author discussed the apocalyptic tenor of the Gospel according to Mark and urged preachers to preach Mark

Preaching Mark in Times of Strife (Part 1 of 2)

Just in time. The Gospel according to Mark is about to arrive.

Perhaps, like me, you’re wondering how Mark will sound in the upcoming lectionary

Mark's Gospel and The Small Bird's Immediacy

[This article was first published on Jan. 5, 2009.]

Without small birds, the world would be very quiet.

In fact, it would hardly make a sound. In

Matthew and Mark and Mysteries

We are in Advent, and a new church year is beginning.

We have scoured and scraped ourselves through the book of Matthew with all its blessings and gnashings

Preaching Moment 294: Luke Powery on Preaching the Gospel of Mark

Luke Powery points out the story of the Gerasene Demoniac and the ending of Mark as moments of opportunity for preaching the Gospel of Mark.

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Preaching from Mark's Gospel: Fasten Your Seat Belts

Regarding the Gospels, many lectionary preachers may approach Year B in the Revised Common Lectionary with less than uplifted hearts. Gone are Matthew’s

The Four Gospels: My (Quirky and Beloved) Neighbors

I was talking with my friend Nadia Bolz-Weber about why we need four gospels.

We talked about how the gospels are embodied, real, and so much so that you

Marklarkey II: Parabolic Tomfoolery from the Second Gospel

In a previous article, posted on this site last year while our normally alert editors nodded off, I proposed that the Second Evangelist may be the New