Craft of Preaching

Where's the Arc?

I’m not saying Jesus was a bad preacher.

I am saying that one of the traditional styles of 1st century, Middle Eastern preaching that he used would

Betting on the Spirit

Back in seminary, and when I teach preaching, we emphasized over and over again to our students the importance of taking time to prepare and craft a sermon

Yes, the Gospel Does Matter

Putting together a decent sermon is no easy task. This is not a complaint, it just is. As Nathan Aaseng comments in his September 16, 2014 column, Preaching

Preaching to People whose Theology Differs from Mine

I don’t know that I’ve ever heard a pastor address this issue, but I’m guessing I’m not the only one who has experienced it, so

The Oddly Comforting World of Saint Matthew

Preaching is little things carrying big things. It’s all about figuring out how to tell the story of Christ; this weighty promise on our transitory

Pulpit Magic

A young woman came into my office yesterday, terrified.

I don’t know much about her background. She spoke broken English with a thick accent that

Preaching the Easter Vigil: Notes on an ancient sermon

The Vigil of Easter is just what it says: a vigil. At the Vigil, we remember that Jesus is dead, gone “to crush hell underfoot,” as the old

Called and Commissioned to Be Salt and Light

Dear Working Preacher,

Lately it’s occurred to me that I’ve been living something of a performative contradiction. It all started, I think,

Preaching Matthew, Part II: “Reorientation into God’s Reign”

Matthew’s Gospel gives us a blueprint for life taught by Jesus who is introduced from the outset as located solidly in Israel’s story. The genealogy

Disorientation into Matthew’s World: Preaching Matthew, Part I

Preachers have an opportunity throughout Year A to set the specific world of Matthew’s community beside our own. That is the focus of this essay.

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

Born Wild: Season of Creation Week 2

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

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

Book Review: "The Four Gospels on Sunday" by Gordon Lathrop

Reviewed: "The Four Gospels on Sunday: The New Testament and the Reform of Christian Worship" by Gordon W. Lathrop (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2012) 

This Is My Body, Preached for You

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
The Word did not become flesh and dwell behind a pulpit.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the use of