Craft of Preaching

On Trusting

“The earth produces on its own.” Thank God, literally.

Every once in a while Jesus gives us a break -- a break from the demands of bringing

Preaching in an Exilic Age

I am trying to discern whether we have entered an era of Christian exile in America. It certainly feels like it, and not for the reasons that are usually

Bread from Heaven

Food fills the menu in August’s lectionary. Four weeks of Gospel readings explore John 6’s discussions between Jesus and others following the

Peace and Security

“There is peace and security … ” (I Thess 5:3). Where?

A week ago Thursday, at the same time as I was walking out the back door to head

"Getting" Great Faith

Dear Working Preachers,

Little faith or great faith? How do we tell the difference? What are the criteria? Who gets to decide? I ask these questions this

Trust and Temptation

Dear Working Preacher,

I sometimes wonder if temptation is one of those things we have a hard time talking honestly about in the church. I think we worry

Preacher or False Prophet?

My first job in a church was as a music minister.

I loved the senior pastor I served with, as did the congregation we faced every Sunday morning. He taught