Dear Working Preacher

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Dear Working Preacher
A Defiant Hope

Last June, almost a year ago, we planted a cherry tree in our back yard. It was [...]

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Dear Working Preacher
Discernment in Times of Disruption

So much of our lives as Christian leaders involves discernment. [...]

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Dear Working Preacher
The Good Shepherd

I have a special relationship with Jesus as the good shepherd. My dad was the pastor of [...]

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Dear Working Preacher
Less Doing, More Being

When I teach groups about the Gospels I usually highlight what distinguishes each of them. Part of [...]

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Dear Working Preacher
Courageous Truth-telling

Christ is Risen, Alleluia! Welcome to the Easter season, Working Preacher! And a special welcome to all [...]

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Dear Working Preacher
It’s the Journey that Matters

Dear Working Preachers! It’s Holy Week. And, for much more [...]

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Dear Working Preacher
Speak the Dream of Peace

Almost ten years ago, my family and I moved to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for a year so [...]

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Dear Working Preacher
Sowing in Tears

Psalm 126 is one of the most memorable “Songs of Ascent.” Among its unforgettable lines are:  “When [...]

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Dear Working Preacher
Ode to Joy

Like a good parable, the prodigal son is chock-full of ambiguity. So, the first preaching task is [...]

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Dear Working Preacher
On Giving a Fig

References to repentance appear frequently in Luke-Acts. If that makes you uncomfortable as a preacher, you can [...]