The festival concluded today, and for us it was a rushed morning followed by yet another surprise. At the morning worship service the liturgy was led by the eclectic and highly acclaimed John Bell, who was supposed to have been here all week but ending up being delayed until Thursday evening due to another cloud . . . → Read More: Festival of Homiletics, Day 5
Today was the last full day of the Festival.
In the morning worship we heard a sermon by Michael Curry, Anglican Bishop of North Carolina. He delivered a lively sermon steeped in the traditions of African American preaching, reminding us that our primary message to the world is that “There Is Another Way”.
He was . . . → Read More: Festival of Homiletics, Day 4
Today was another full day in Nashville.
During the morning worship time we received an incredibly funny and deeply moving sermon from Craig Barnes, entitled “Preaching to the Rabble”. In Numbers 11:4 we read of the rabble who never stopped complaining and continually brought the wrath of God upon the people. Dr. Barnes reflected on . . . → Read More: Festival of Homiletics; Day 3
Day 2 (Tuesday, May 18th) began with a sermon by yesterday’s lecturer, Anna Carter Florence. Her text was the troublesome Matthew 15:21-28 text in which Jesus essentially uses a racial slur, calling the Canaanite woman a dog. She poked fun at our inherent tendency to try and explain away the offensiveness of Jesus’ words and . . . → Read More: Day 2, Festival of Homiletics
I am in Nashville this week, attending the 2010 Festival of Homiletics with a fellow pastor from Japan. I’ll be posting daily entries if I can keep up.
Day 1: Pastor Hirano and I started the day in Shinagawa at the monthly meeting of the sekkyo juku, a homiletical study group lead by Japan’s best . . . → Read More: Festival of Homiletics
At the festival we also enjoyed a wonderful bookstore, temporarily set up at the church by Cokesbury. Wow! What an incredible collection of great homiletical literature. I picked up the following books and have already started reading!
“The Purposes of Preaching”, Jana Childers, ed.
“The Company of Preachers”, Richard Lischer, ed.
“Preaching From Memory To . . . → Read More: Homiletics: Reading List
Well, it’s been an incredible week and the final day was no exception.
Thomas Troeger gave a lecture, followed by a sermon. His insights and incredible imagination are such an inspiration! His lecture was titled “Preaching in an Age of Spiritual Hunger and Religious Violence”. He spoke poignantly of the sorrow in preaching. Noting that . . . → Read More: Festival of Homiletics: Final Day
This day started out with an incredible treat. Fred Craddock preached the title, “What Shall I Do With the Gift?” And what a gift it was! He is as sharp as ever. Absolutely wonderful! All preachers struggle with the difficulty of fulfilling one’s calling. Some choose to deny they have the gift. Others deny they . . . → Read More: Festival of Homiletics: Day Four
Another great day!
The first preacher was Michael Curry and he spoke from John 1:8, borrowing Long’s concept of preaching as a witness. He reminded us that we need to move away from the production business, which puts value on the finished product, and instead just try to point to the one who produces all. . . . → Read More: Festival of Homiletics: Day Three
Tuesday began with more gems from Barbara Brown Taylor… you should have seen the line for her book signing during the coffee break! She was followed by Teresa L. Fry-Brown and then Thomas Long took the podium and WOW!!!
Long highlighted 4 stories from Luke, weaving together a compelling and unified understanding of Luke’s perspective . . . → Read More: Festival of Homiletics: Day 2