Craft of Preaching

Keep My Words

“Whoever does not love me does not keep my words.”

This past week was the 27th Festival of Homiletics, thus the tardy post for the column this

Preaching Moment 348: Luke Powery on Preaching Mark 10

Luke Powery considers ways for preachers to navigate difficult scripture passages, including Psalm 137 (Pent 17C/Ord. 27C) and Mark 10 (Pent 20B/Ord. 27B).

Preaching Moment 347: Luke Powery on Preaching in a Spiritual Mode

Preaching in a spiritual mode, as the Rev. Luke Powery puts it, is preaching with an awareness of the spiritual, homiletical tradition, with the way we

Preaching Moment 343: Otis Moss III on the Preacher's Notebook

Using an imagination notebook when studying the scriptures can be an effective tool in preaching, especially because the preacher will be able to interpret

You Are Never Alone

This past week, I had an appointment with my therapist whom I had not seen in eight months. This session was likely the last time I will meet with her in

What Not To Wear

A wedding guest without a worthy wardrobe results in being cast out of the party into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth? Clearly,

True Authority

“By what authority?”

Well, there’s a good question.

Authority is the question of the day. Or, is it a question of the past?

We live

Never Empty

Dear Working Preachers, last week, taking a cue from Matthew 11:28, "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give

Preaching Moment 341: Michael Curry on Preaching Biblical Characters

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry explores ideas for preaching series in the summer months. He describes the serial possibilities for sermons based on a particular

Preaching Moment 339: Michael Brown On Preaching in Spirit

Michael Brown talks about preaching "in the Spirit mode" wherein the preacher throws oneself into the lesson and can actually take a journey wherein "the

Preaching Moment 340: Eunjoo Mary Kim Preaching on Nature

Eunjoo Mary Kim offers her perspective on nature and suggests that Western notions about the concept of nature and the individual's role within it should

Preaching Moment 338: Luke Powery on Faithful Preaching

“You can’t give what you ain’t got,” declares Luke Powery as he explains how one can become a better preacher when he or she begins

Preaching Moment 337: Otis Moss III on Improvisation

Using the scenario of the tragedy at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., Pastor Otis Moss III shares how a heightened preparation and sensitivity

Preaching Moment 336: Michael Brown on the Courage to Preach

Michael Brown offers advice to pastors on the courage to preach. "At some point you become incarnational. You give flesh to the word you are reading. You

Preaching Moment 334: Eunjoo Mary Kim on Preaching in a Multicultural Setting

Eunjoo Mary Kim, professor of homiletics and liturgics at Iliff School of Theology shares her thoughts on preaching in a multicultural congregation. "Preaching