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