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Dear Working Preacher
Following the Faithful One

“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that [...]

Dear Working Preacher
Out of Our Forts, into the World

How are you? I stopped and prayed for you as [...]

Dear Working Preacher
This Far by Faith

Apocalyptic themes fascinate, confuse, and rebuff us. Almost everyone who comes to worship this week will have [...]

Dear Working Preacher
How Long, O Lord?

I know it is the custom in this column to focus on the Gospel text, but this [...]

Dear Working Preacher
Linger A Little

Poor Thomas. Always the Sunday after Easter. Always misunderstand. We think Thomas doubts, but he doesn’t. As [...]

Dear Working Preacher
Catching People

“Catching people” might not sit very well with a number of our congregants. Compared to the parallel [...]

Dear Working Preacher
Who Do You Say that I Am?

“Who do you say that I am?” is a much harder question than we think [...]

Theology and Interpretation
God’s Open Hand

Several weeks of Gospel texts this summer read John 6, beginning with the story of Jesus’ feeding [...]

Theology and Interpretation
Preaching on Faith + Science

“I’m not qualified to preach on science and faith.” This statement is more common than [...]

Weightier Matters: Faith, Justice, and Mercy

As I prepare this month’s column, the scripture that refuses [...]