Craft of Preaching

Courage to Follow, Courage to Lead

Few people thrive on conflict. Yet leadership can bring us face to face with it in unexpected moments. What motivates normal people to overcome fear when

The Year of Matthew or When Small Birds Return

Without small birds, the world would be very quiet. In fact, it would hardly make a sound. In January the northern hemisphere is locked in silence, and

Easter Green

In 1970, in the midst of the Vietnam War, when V-8 engines ruled, gas mileage was low, industrial pollution hovered over most American cities, the first

Our Lenten Vocation: Serving and Preserving God’s Garden

Scripture’s story of Lent begins this year by describing the first human job. March 9th’s reading from Genesis 2 and 3 digests the second creation

Stories and Norm

For the first million years of human existence climate change was no threat, not because our ancestors knew more than we do now, but because, unaware of

Take the Challenge!

I recently heard a preacher commenting on...

“...the way we sometimes loathe ourselves and behave self-destructively. The way we hurt and wound one

Great Plains, Great Change

Amtrak attracts folks who enjoy the journey as much as the destination. The Empire Builder runs a century-old course from Chicago, through Wisconsin, Minnesota,

For the Life of the World: Season of Creation Week 4

Editor's Note: Each week in August WorkingPreacher.org will publish commentaries that correspond with the readings for Season of Creation 2013: Series C

Giving Gardens

A Look Ahead: During September, leading up to the Feast Day of St. Francis, a growing number of congregations adopt the alternate lectionary Season of Creation.

A Sustaining, Sustainable Gospel

During ordinary time this summer and fall, the lectionary offers semi-continuous readings from Luke and from several different epistles. Semi-continuous

Preaching Moment 266: Michael Curry

Michael Curry commends the practice of taking a "study day" as a source of creativity.