hope

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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
Find Refuge in the Face of Hostility

It is that time of year. Congregations, publishing houses, camps, [...]

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Dear Working Preacher
The Foundation of Our Hope

I was once at a job interview for a teaching position at a Christian college, [...]

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Dear Working Preacher
Hope on the Horizon

“Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.” On this Second Sunday of Advent, in the year [...]

Dear Working Preacher
A Summons to Hope

Many of you are reading this column after Election Day in the United States. You know, or [...]

Dear Working Preacher
Embodying Epiphany

These days I am wondering how much Epiphany reveals about us. Granted, Epiphany is about Jesus, what [...]

Sermon Development
Preaching + Care for Caregivers

“Be still and know that I am God!” — Psalm [...]

Dear Working Preacher
What Things?

This is one long road trip. By long, I don’t mean how many miles. Many of us [...]

Theology and Interpretation
Durable Faith: Preaching Post-Election

Many things came to mind as I prepared to write [...]

Theology and Interpretation
Isaiah’s Earthly Hopes

One liturgical year ends soon and the next will immediately begin. The lectionary’s seasonal turning from Christ’s [...]