Craft of Preaching

Writing Sermons, Writing Prayers: What's the Difference?

We’ve all heard them: preachers that add a “w” to the word “God.” “Gaaaa-wd calls us to luuuu-uuve our neighbor,”

Connecting Heart to Text: Embodying the Liturgy in Community

My first job in college was as a DJ at the local country music station in Athens, Ohio. I had no idea what I was doing. Just managing the soundboard and

A Sincere Gesture

I recall many years ago a national politician who was known for his awkward and contrived way of relating to audiences. A comedian spoofed this politician

Hands-Free Preaching

I was a writer before I was a preacher. A colleague of mine, whose newspaper beat I stole, once said: “… of course I can’t turn a phrase

Delivered with Love, From Me to You

On Confirmation Sunday, I was reminded once again of an important truth about preaching. Preaching is most effective when we direct our words not to people

Brought to You by the Letter "O"

I just cannot help being intrigued by things that I don’t understand, no matter how seemingly inconsequential or how long they have been commonly

A Generous Forgiveness

Dear Working Preachers,

Forgiveness.

It truly has to be one of the most difficult of human acts, not only to give but also to receive. For Jesus to tell

A New Pentecost? A Season of Social Media

Lent. A time for self-reflection, austerity, and somber music. A time to put away the alleluias and remember Jesus’ road to Calvary. A time for selfies

From Controversy to Community: Preaching on the Fault Lines

Same-Sex Marriage

Gun Control

Fracking

End-of-Life Rights

A Woman’s Right to Choose

The Death Penalty

Universal Healthcare

Immigration

Capitalism

“Remember the Pastor’s Sermon Three Weeks Ago?”

Research has found that we remember less than 10% of the unsupported spoken word.

Yet, Sunday after Sunday pastors stand behind pulpits and employ this