Craft of Preaching

Enabling the One Great Preacher to Preach: Getting in Touch with Your Inner Homiletician Part 4

This is the fourth article in a series. See Part 3.

The one great preacher in history, I would contend, is the church. And the first business of the individual

Retooling the Purposes of Preaching: Getting in Touch with Your Inner Homiletician Part 3

This is the third article in the series. See Part 2.

What do we imagine we are about when we set out to preach? What do we think happens, or should happen,

Panic before Pulpit, Every Time

Preaching at its best must cultivate a relationship with panic. That is to say, preaching takes trust, and trust is scary.

My typical week as a preacher

Sermon Review

My dad once told me a story about preaching instruction during his time in seminary that would be impossible to imagine happening today. After one student

A Vision Check-Up

“Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”

Another grand and glorious verse from John, a Gospel filled to the brim with pithy phrases that end up in contexts

Preaching with Authority

As early as the life and thought of the ancient philosopher Socrates, the world has been prone to operate under a basic assumption: doubt is the main engine

Ashes to Ashes

Oh wow, preachers. The beginning of Lent. Are you ready? I am imagine you are. Your Lenten theme is in place. Small groups are lined up. Soup suppers are

An Existential Encounter with the Text

Just the thought of doing exegesis for one more sermon is enough to make some preachers want to scream. We all realize that good exegetical work is vital

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

How to Preach to Mildred

It’s never great for a preacher’s ego when someone snores during your sermon. For me, it happens at least a once a month.

Once a month I preside

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

Preaching Moment 290: Yvette Flunder on Authentic Ministry

Yvette Flunder argues for the necessity of being authentic in preaching into contentious situations and the importance of trusting God in those times.

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

iPreach: How the Apple Watch Could Revolutionize Sermon Development

Sermon development takes place somewhere in-between passivity and activity. What I mean by this is that there are times when I sit down to work on a sermon,

Tending the Vineyard

Dear Working Preachers,

This past week, Walter Brueggemann was on the Luther Seminary campus giving the inaugural presentations for the Fretheim Lecture