Leading with the Sermon: Excerpt I

Fortress Press has launched a new series they’re calling “Working Preacher Books.” Walter Brueggemann launched the series with Preaching from the Old Testament: a pithy summation of a lifetime of careful attention to the Old Testament with the faith that in its pages preachers and congregations can still hear a living word today. The secondContinue reading “Leading with the Sermon: Excerpt I”

What is Jesus Doing?

This month Intervarsity Press publishes a collection in honor of Andrew Purves, the great pastoral theologian who recently retired from Pittsburgh Seminary.  The book, What Is Jesus Doing? God’s Activity in the Life and Work of the Church, is edited by Edwin Chr. van Driel and explores the notion that God is the active agent within theContinue reading “What is Jesus Doing?”

Collected from the Century

Some of my older pieces from the Christian Century are available for free at Religion Online along with many other articles from fine folks, some of whom I count as friends. You might check out, for example, “From Seminary to Parish” or “Ministry as More Than a Helping Profession” which I wrote with Stanley Hauerwas.Continue reading “Collected from the Century”

Looking for Lectionary Help?

Some folks may not realize that I’ve been providing pastors a lectionary help for decades now. Pulpit Resource is now published by Ministry Matters and is available both in a quarterly printed edition and electronically. Each week I pick one of the texts, often the gospel lesson, and provide an exegetical sketch, a prayer, aContinue reading “Looking for Lectionary Help?”