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

Not Peace but a Sword

“Not peace but a sword.” I resist this saying of Jesus. I resist it a lot, not only because it sounds so wrong. On so many levels. I resist

Peace and Security

“There is peace and security … ” (I Thess 5:3). Where?

A week ago Thursday, at the same time as I was walking out the back door to head

Living Beyond Fear

Dear Working Preacher,

I’m writing this letter just after watching the U.S. World Cup match against Ghana and in this context remembered something

To Lily, Signy and Angela: Shalom. God’s Peace

These past five Wednesday evenings, my colleague Mark Stenberg and I have been leading a confirmation intensive for our confirmation students. We gather

First, Do No Harm

I recently attended a funeral service for a young person whose parents I know. The service was performed at a church of another Christian denomination,

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

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