Craft of Preaching

The True Kingdom

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What Large Stones

The idolatry of grandeur is a perennial problem for us. We might even say it is a constant crisis of the human condition. We can’t seem to bypass

Be Careful What You Wish For

“Be careful what you wish for.” We are all too familiar with this phrase and have a pretty good idea of what it means -- you may very well get

What Do You Lack?

“You lack one thing.” There is great irony in Jesus’ statement, isn’t there? We can likely assume that given his wealth, his many

The Divorce Text

There are certain texts that once read out loud in worship, in the midst of a faith community, demand then to be preached. The lection from Mark this week

Who Do You Say that I Am?

“Who do you say that I am?” is a much harder question than we think it is, and it’s already hard enough.

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A Tyre Mentality

It seems that no one can keep quiet when in the presence of God, as much as Jesus orders silence. “For saying that, the demon has left your daughter.”

Searching the Heart

No one is exempt from a strong searching of the heart. That’s the first thing that we should notice about these selected verses from Mark 7. The Pharisees,

A Sabbath Perspective

This past week was the 26th Festival of Homiletics in Washington, D.C., “Preaching and Politics.” An appropriate place and theme for times such

On Withering

“Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.” - John

On Being the Good Shepherd

What does “good” mean? An ambiguous adjective is a rather uncomfortable affair. One person’s “good” is not necessarily mine,

We Are Witnesses

“You are witnesses of these things” (Luke 24:48).

Notice, Dear Working Preachers, Jesus’ address to the disciples is not, “you

When Seeing is Believing

What is it that we need to see to believe? To believe that death has indeed been overcome? To believe the promises of the resurrection here and now? To

Preaching Acts in Easter (Year B)

As reliable as lilies, bonnets, and chocolate bunnies, every year the Acts of the Apostles shows up during the Easter season. While some preachers reach

No End to the Story

John or Mark? It’s your Easter choice this year. Two very different resurrection reports. Two unique interpretations of the empty tomb. As many of