Craft of Preaching

Resurrection Now

Last week I was with some folks who for twenty-plus years have committed to gathering together for what they call an Ecumenical Lenten Renewal. I offered

Choice Temptations

It is tempting to make Jesus’ temptation something that it is not. And, it is tempting to make Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness the only

Be Perfect

I am a perfectionist. I know this about myself and people have rarely hesitated to confirm it. Yet, typical advice to me usually goes something like this:

Choose Life

Choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19). Not as easy as it sounds these days. This rather obvious litmus test for what it means to a disciple in the Kingdom of

Righteous Living

Do you really hunger and thirst for righteousness?

Sometimes, perhaps most times, I am not sure. That’s where the Beatitudes hit me this week.

Mapping God's Promises

Many of you know that early on in Sermon Brainwave history, I became known as the geography maven. I am the one who usually points out in a passage a geographical

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

You Are All My Beloved

Preaching on the baptism of Jesus requires a significant amount of homiletical restraint. Our denominational desires tend to lean toward sermons that try

Innocence Lost?

Happy New Year, Dear Working Preachers.

From different kinds of correspondence with many of you -- emails, Facebook, being together at conferences -- 2016

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

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,

In the Wilderness

“In the wilderness” -- a potentially overlooked setting for the prophetic tidings of our dear friend John the Baptist. We are usually eager

Are You Ready?

I love it when Scripture points out the ambiguity of God’s judgment -- a rather helpful reminder these days. There is nothing to distinguish or determine

Who and What is Your King?

Concentrating on the crucifixion for Christ the King Sunday is a confluence of some rather puzzling and disturbing truths -- especially in the wake of the