Craft of Preaching

Simple Rules

There are many ways to describe and define the Bible. From assertions that are mostly faith-based, such as “Scripture” or “Word of God”;

A Level Plain Perspective

At first blush, we could easily assess Luke’s version of the Beatitudes as simply different than Matthew’s. After all, each is demonstrative

Catching People

“Catching people” might not sit very well with a number of our congregants. Compared to the parallel accounts in Matthew and Mark where the

Good News?

Responses to sermons are always, well, interesting. Isn’t that true, dear Working Preachers?

People will say to you, “great sermon, Pastor!”

Abundance For All

Deciding on one preaching point for this passage seems adversative, to say the least, to this story when the main message of Jesus’ miracle at Cana

The Power of 'You'

Never underestimate the power of “you,” especially in the second person singular. We know how “you” feels. Like you are the only

Following a Star

“When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him.” Ah yes, Herod. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

When persons in power

Illumination, Revelation, Transformation

Since Lent does not begin until March 2019, the season of Epiphany that begins on January 6 is one of the longest possible in the liturgical year, stretching

Keeping Company with Mary

Never underestimate the ponderings of a mother. On this first Sunday of Christmas, once again we find Mary pausing to wonder what all of this means. Here,

Hardly Waiting

If we are looking for models of ministry in our modern times, Mary and Elizabeth should come to mind. On this Fourth Sunday of Advent, with Christmas only

The Time Is Now

An Advent message that calls out privilege and abuse of power will likely not be popular proclamation. Especially in the season that celebrates consumerism,

What's in a Name?

Tiberius, Pontius Pilate, Herod, Philip, Lysanias, Annas, and Caiaphas.

These are some rather pontifical names in the midst of a story that started out

Preaching Luke in 2019

I’ve been waiting for you, Luke. I’m sure you can help us fix things.

Ever since the day after the 2016 election here in the USA, I’ve

Nothing Lasts Forever

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”

Well, Jesus. Those are words I am holding onto dearly these days. For dear

Who Says There's No Resurrection?

We tend to ask the wrong questions about the resurrection -- case in point, the inquiry of the Sadducees. Of course, their engagement with Jesus is to challenge