Craft of Preaching

Entrustment

It is really rather simple. What are you doing with what you have been given? The rub of the parable of course, is to determine with what you have been

Freedom and Obligation

Dear Working Preachers, happy 500th Anniversary of the Reformation for some of you! And for others, happy 21st Sunday after Pentecost! Given those most

Loyalties

I suspect that many of us might be a bit weary of Matthew by now. And to be honest, I thought I would be as well. But I have had a change of heart these

True Authority

“By what authority?”

Well, there’s a good question.

Authority is the question of the day. Or, is it a question of the past?

We live

A Beatitude Kind of World

This past week I presented at an amazing conference held in Waco, Texas, called “Nevertheless SHE Preached.”

A grassroots event, dreamt by

Preaching + Forgiveness

During my years of active ministry in the parish, I had many opportunities to preach on Matthew 18, the Gospel for last week (Matthew 18:15-20) and for

God Is With Us

For many churches, this coming Sunday is the start of the fall schedule, a return to the programming and activities that create the hum of the church which

The Cross at a Crossroads

Before the cross became equated with salvation and a symbol for a religion, it denoted something too often overlooked in our theological machinations. It

Speaking Up for a Living God

The tension between, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" and "But who do you say that I am?" is the homiletical tension of this Gospel text. It

Learning How to Preach Again

It’s good to be back, Dear Working Preachers. Yes, it is always good to come home after an extended trip, but it’s good to be back writing this

That Sinking Feeling

I hope we can all agree that it’s misguided to take Matthew’s story about Peter walking on the water and turn it into a sappy morality tale

Not Peace but a Sword

“Not peace but a sword.” I resist this saying of Jesus. I resist it a lot, not only because it sounds so wrong. On so many levels. I resist

The Laborers Are Few

“Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons.” What would the world look like if the primary ways by which we imagined

A Trinitarian Difference

Trinity Sunday is a hard one to figure out. Any sermon that tries to explain the Trinity will likely end up as interesting as the proverbial watching paint

The Power of Prayer

How quickly do we pass over the prayers of Jesus and choose the commands of Jesus so as to construct our Christological portraits as well as what we think