Craft of Preaching

Questions About the Resurrection

Dear Working Preacher,

 

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the resurrection is all the rage these days. Or, perhaps more accurately,

Second Blessing

Dear Working Preacher,

 

I think we are in sore need of thanksgiving.

 

Take a look around. There is plenty of cause to be worried: too much

On Stretching Parables

Dear Working Preacher,

 

One of the things I’ve learned from writing daily devotions over the last eighteen months is that biblical passages

The Cost of Discipleship

Dear Working Preacher,

 

This may be one of those weeks when you look at the Gospel reading and then quickly glance to see if any of the other readings

A Stressful Sermon

Dear Working Preacher,

 

Let’s face it. This is one of those weeks when the Gospel reading makes you want to turn to one of the other texts

The Heart of the Matter

Dear Working Preacher,

I suspect that you, like I, know at least one person who doesn't need to read the Bible because he or she already knows what's in

What Money Can and Can't Do

Dear Working Preacher,

 

It’s not about the money. Not in this parable or in life.

 

Let’s start with the parable. Jesus doesn’t

Teach Us to Pray

Dear Working Preacher,

 

Here’s my simple suggestion for preaching this Sunday: do what Jesus did. That is, teach your people how to pray.

Three Questions and a Promise

Dear Working Preacher,

To be honest with you, I have to say that I don’t envy Jesus. I’ve preached at my home congregation, and it can be rough;

Jesus' Inaugural Address

Dear Working Preacher,

While our lives are full of words, some matter more than others. The words we used to invite someone on a first date, for instance,

A Promise That Changes the World

Dear Working Preacher,

Over the past several days I've experienced, as you probably have, a range of emotions in response to the mass killing of twenty

A Promise We're All Invited Into

Dear Working Preacher,

If this is John's idea of good news, I’m not sure I want to hear the bad news.

Our readings this week and last center of

A Promise That's Easy to Overlook

Dear Working Preacher,

There’s an audacity to today’s Gospel reading that’s easy to miss. But if you listen closely and read between

A Promise Big Enough to Save Us

Dear Working Preacher, 

Thank you, thank you, thank you! First, of course, for your faithful ministry. But also for your support of this website,

Preaching Christmas, Year C

A worshipping community that has been singing the gorgeous Advent hymns for the last four weeks and holding back on the Christmas hymns will find its ears