Craft of Preaching

Embodying Epiphany

These days I am wondering how much Epiphany reveals about us.

Granted, Epiphany is about Jesus, what Jesus is revealing about himself, what manifestations

Baptism: A disruptive reminder

In just one week, 2020 has already turned into an overwhelming year.

The new decade has arrived with suffering, suspicion, and sedition. As you prepare

Alpha and Omega

It is the first Sunday of the New Year. For most households in the Western world, Christmas lights have been put away, the tree stowed until next year or

Herod, Too, Is the Reason for the Season

In his arresting Advent sermon “The Coming of Jesus in Our Midst,” Dietrich Bonhoeffer said this in response to our tendency to turn the Incarnation

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 Golden Hour

Let’s begin with an confession: This is a challenging text.

It is made more so by the fact that the phrase, “thief in the night,” is

Stay Awake: Themes for Preaching in Advent 2019

Ed. note: This is the first in a six-part series.

The liturgical calendar and the readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) introduce the worshiper

Preaching in the Year of Matthew (RCL Year A 2019-2020)

Preaching through the year of Matthew in the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) presents both opportunities and challenges. First I’ll look at the dynamic