Craft of Preaching

Breathing

Happy Pentecost, Dear Working Preachers!

If you have been reading my column these past years or are a regular listener of Sermon Brainwave, you can probably

A True Pentecost

Pentecost Sunday. A rather troubling misnomer, after all. Because even though we know in theory that the Spirit was never meant to be contained to one Sunday

Preaching Immanuel among Cynics

I recently came across a survey asking respondents’ attitudes toward Christmas. The vast majority of those surveyed disagreed with the sentiment that

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

You Are All My Beloved

Preaching on the baptism of Jesus requires a significant amount of homiletical restraint. Our denominational desires tend to lean toward sermons that try

The Spirit Catches You and You Run and Hide

The title to this article is a riff on the 1997 book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman. It’s the story, ultimately,

Spirit Focus

Happy Pentecost, Dear Working Preachers! At the risk of sounding like the proverbial broken record, are you ready for preaching this Sunday that celebrates

Spirit Feelings

Dear Working Preachers! How many of you were at the Festival of Homiletics this past week? If you were not able to attend, I hope to see you next year

Preaching Moment 316: Yvette Flunder on Reformation in the Church

Yvette Flunder reflects on the current state of Christianity in the US and sees in it a moment of reformation being worked by the Spirit.

"What we are

Preaching Moment 307: Yvette Flunder on the Spirit at Work

Yvette Flunder describes how the preacher and the hearers are united together by the Spirit in the experience of the preached word.

"We may not be holding

Preaching Moment 299: Eric Elnes on Worship and its Function

Eric Elnes reflects on the place of the sermon in the context of the worship service and explores worship's purpose of opening people up to the Spirit.

Preaching Moment 292: Eric Elnes on the Sermon in Worship

Eric Elnes shares his understanding of the place of the sermon in the worship service and advocates for broadening the focus of worship from the sermon

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

We Are Looking for You, Holy Spirit

We are looking for you, Holy Spirit.

We block off some time to spend with the lectionary text for this Sunday, looking for you. We search for you in and

Courage to Follow, Courage to Lead

Few people thrive on conflict. Yet leadership can bring us face to face with it in unexpected moments. What motivates normal people to overcome fear when