Craft of Preaching


It's not just about the sermon -- preaching is part of the larger liturgical context of worship.

Book Review: "The Four Gospels on Sunday" by Gordon Lathrop

Reviewed: "The Four Gospels on Sunday: The New Testament and the Reform of Christian Worship" by Gordon W. Lathrop (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2012) 

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

Preaching Pranks: A Wise Fool Proclaims the Gospel

Do you yearn to open up Scripture in a way that is both faithful to tradition and fresh in methodology?

Here’s one. But, pranks? Wise fool? As Hans

Preaching on Illness: Healing Services (Part 2 of 2)

Why healing services? And what makes preaching at healing services different?

Worship services addressing illness and its corollary -- the desire for possible

Preaching Time after Epiphany, Year C

Speaking of Epiphany itself, Augustine preached, "The one who altered the route taken by the Magi now also changes the lives of sinners. It is his manifestation

Preaching Christmas, Year C

A worshipping community that has been singing the gorgeous Advent hymns for the last four weeks and holding back on the Christmas hymns will find its ears

Preaching Luke through Advent, Year C

Advent's themes, coming right from the Gospel texts for each of the season's four Sundays -- 1) Luke 21:25-36; 2) Luke 3:1-6, 3) Luke 3:7-18, and 4) Luke

Indelible Sermons

Seemed like such an innocent question: Describe the last 5 sermons you have heard. 

After a lively discussion with students, I realized that this question

Same-Sex Couples and Wedding Proclamation (Part 4 of 4)

In the 2010 wedding proclamation class I taught at Gettysburg Seminary, we had significant discussion following the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's

Children and Wedding Sermons (Part 3 of 4)

Children and wedding proclamation are facts that can and often must occupy the wedding preacher in several possible ways.

The reality of children is an

Choosing Biblical Texts for a Wedding Sermon (Part 2 of 4)

As I discussed in part one of this series a wedding sermon or homily is most effective when based on a biblical text.

The choice of a biblical text for

Biblically-Based Wedding Sermons? (Part 1 of 4)

Many wedding sermons are not based on biblical texts, and for a number of reasons.

Should they be? This essay addresses the role of biblical texts in wedding

Lenten Addictions

Lent is the time in the liturgical year when preachers, for better or worse, are more apt to commend spiritual practices from the pulpit.

This makes sense

Preaching Baptism through Lent

Questions about the importance of baptism are in the air these days.

Some voices charge that this sacrament Jesus commanded us to "go and do" excludes people

Smartphones, Smart Pastors, Smart Church

Next time you see a group of young adults dining together at a restaurant, take a closer look at the table.

Nine times out of ten, you'll be able to glimpse