Craft of Preaching

Where Am 'I' in the Sermon?

Every preacher has his or her own personal anxiety dream. Mine is that I’m standing in the pulpit for the reading of the gospel, only to realize there’s

God’s Open Hand

Several weeks of Gospel texts this summer read John 6, beginning with the story of Jesus’ feeding the multitudes with five barley loaves and two fish.

Preaching about Sin and Forgiveness

Two brief stories illustrate the difficulty of preaching about sin and forgiveness these days:

First, I had the honor of bringing communion to a wonderful,

Preaching the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation (in 8 Parts)

Listen to the accompanying podcast for this sermon series. The podcast covers each of the eight sessions.

In perhaps his most famous sermon, Martin Luther

Provoking a Response

In seminary, I was given two contradictory bits of advice regarding sermons:

  1. Your job is to proclaim. If they don’t listen to you, tell them again.

Thy Kingdom Come

Like so many of us who are of a religious ilk, I function in two worlds. The first world seems to dominate most of my time and energy. It involves getting

Pastor, You're Wasting Your Life!

Have you ever had a particular Word of God that has rested innocuously for years in the Bible’s pages suddenly jump up and hit you right between the

Bartimaeus, Luther, and the Failed Reformation

Dear Working Preacher,

What would you do if you couldn't fail? What would you endeavor, dare, or try? What mission would you attempt, what venture would

Crazy Love (a.k.a. Preaching Matthew Against Matthew)

Dear Working Preacher,

I hate to say it, but I kind of think Matthew's a punk.

Yeah, I know, you're not supposed to say stuff like that. But I can't help

Praying the Text

Let's face it. Preachers can sometimes experience a good deal of pressure to get that next sermon ready.

Why We Sometimes Fail to Pray the Text
It is easy

Cataract Surgery

Dear Working Preacher,

You know how some images just stick with you? Here's one description of the church that's stuck with me for nearly two decades: