Craft of Preaching

Give Them a Story

The story of God’s love incarnate in Jesus Christ is often referred to as the greatest story ever told. As preachers, we are constantly trying to

Mark's Gospel and The Small Bird's Immediacy

[This article was first published on Jan. 5, 2009.]

Without small birds, the world would be very quiet.

In fact, it would hardly make a sound. In

Preaching the Bible to Those Who Have Never Read It

Blockbuster films and scandalous exposé-style books based on the Bible continue to generate millions of dollars. Nevertheless, many pastors and church

Memory Aid

If Christian traditions exist to help us remember things that should never be forgotten, such as the grace of God, the life and passion of Christ, the promises

Lent in Jerusalem: Beyond the Palm Parade

Several weeks ago, Rolf Jacobson wrote helpfully about the re-imagination of Lent; rather than employing the tired language of a “Lenten Journey,”

An Unexpected Glimpse of God's Promise

For those of us who preach, flying on airplanes is risky business. I know of only one pastor who sees flying as mission work. The rest of us huddle in our

Godly Play and Preaching the Story

The Purpose of Preaching
We preach to help people “discover a presence at the edge of [their] being,” to use a phrase from Jerome Berryman, the

The Never-Ending Story

Dear Working Preacher,

At our annual Celebration of Biblical Preaching in October 2011, Walter Brueggemann suggested that the primary challenge facing

Preaching Moment 262: David Lose

David Lose on the value of personal stories that illuminate the biblical story.

Preaching the Prodigal

Dear Working Preacher,

I’m not sure that there’s a more beloved story in the Bible than that of the Prodigal Son. Ralph Waldo Emerson called