Craft of Preaching

John and the Two Sides of the Pulpit

I wonder who baptized John.

He might have had to do it himself. But I hope someone helped. Even Jesus sought out another human being to baptize him. He

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

Pulpit Inventory

I’ve always been fascinated by words. Words shape ideas, so much that a seemingly innocuous phrasing choice can seriously, and sometimes permanently,

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

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