Craft of Preaching

Jesus’ Ministry of Fire

If consensus exists around anything today in American society, it is that we are afflicted by “division.” This general sense of heightened divisiveness

Guest Preaching in an Age of ‘Too Political’

As a preacher, I realize I should open with some things we all agree on, build up some rapport, and gain your trust first. Then, once I've been there for

Preaching + Complicated Relationships

When a new friend learns I’m an only child, they often assume my life is free from complications. I am an only child who made myself and the house

Preaching Mark in Times of Strife (Part 2 of 2)

In the first article of this two-part series, the author discussed the apocalyptic tenor of the Gospel according to Mark and urged preachers to preach Mark

Preaching Mark in Times of Strife (Part 1 of 2)

Just in time. The Gospel according to Mark is about to arrive.

Perhaps, like me, you’re wondering how Mark will sound in the upcoming lectionary

Behind the Sermon: John 3 and Immigration

When I was invited to preach on John 3 recently,1 I had the stories and the predicament of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. very much on my mind. As

Preaching in a Time of Political Anxiety

If the cantankerous political climate in the United States has any kind of a silver lining, it’s that many preachers are coming to a greater realization

The False Comfort of Agreement

Pause for a second before you start reading.

Stop. Think. Picture: Who is in your text study group?

Now, not everyone has a text study group, but we all

Preaching Moment 329: Michael Curry on the Courage to Preach

Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, gives advise to preachers who may feel discouraged to preach because of their inadequacies. No

Preaching Moment 325: Otis Moss III on Finding Your Voice

Dr Otis Moss III of Trinity United Church of Christ said, "You don't have to be like anyone else because no one can be a better you than you."

Listening

Love Them

When it comes to the pulpit, I am generally not a “rules” person.

After all, “rules” are generally not meant to be flexible and

Five Things that 'Captain America: Civil War' Gets Right About Church Conflict

Captain America: Civil War is the newest entry in Marvel’s serialized cinematic juggernaut, and it may be among the very best. Directors Anthony and

Preaching through Congregational Conflict

People who have an idealistic view of the church are likely to be taken aback when they realize that conflict is a part of congregational life. Sunday morning

Preaching Joy in Times of Conflict

It would sure be nice if the climate in our churches were always seventy-two degrees with brilliant blue skies and no chance of rain. Our pews filled with