Craft of Preaching

Real Love

Love is hard. So very hard.

If you don’t think so, just look at what the Revised Common Lectionary does for this Sunday. Rather than tell the truth

'Do You Love Me?'

Right on the heels of Thomas, we have the story of Peter, another character in the Gospel of John often misinterpreted. Perhaps not as misrepresented as

Loved Into Future

I wonder if in this moment, when Jesus is being loved with a grace upon grace kind of love, an abundance of love, a love that you could even smell, with

Simple Rules

There are many ways to describe and define the Bible. From assertions that are mostly faith-based, such as “Scripture” or “Word of God”;

Being an Immigrant Is Not a Sin

“When an alien lives with you in your land, do no mistreat him. The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as

The Widow's Might

Before you hold up the widow in Mark 12:41-44 as the ultimate example of generosity during this stewardship season. Before you suggest that her donation

Abide In My Love

Dear Working Preachers, so much in this passage on which to preach! Joy, love one another, laying down your life for your friends, I chose you, bear fruit,

Preaching Beyond Words

I find the central task of preaching and mothering to be the same -- to share God’s love. As a preacher I hope the words I preach inspire the hearers

Durable Faith: What’s Love Got to Do with It?

I don’t know if Tina Turner realized it, but her question, “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” was about much more than the unhappiness

The Meaning of Christmas

Merry Christmas, Dear Working Preachers.

I hope you will be forgiving of a rather personal perspective on Christmas for this week’s column. Yet,

Durable Faith

Jesus’ commandment to love God, others, and self seems like an easy message to convey. People want, need, and long for love, right? Yet, ask any preacher.

Authentic Preaching

The preacher in me is tired. She absorbs so much of other people’s pain that she forgets (or avoids) attending to her own pain. Sometimes she feels

Beyond Faith

First Corinthians 13 is a breath-taking bit of writing.

Unfortunately, we have typecast this chapter as a special blessing, for use at weddings only. To

Resurrection is Love

Resurrection is love -- a rather simple, yet extraordinarily complex statement, at least when you look at the texts for this week.

Our passages this week,

Love Never Ends

“Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;