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2018 Festival of Homiletics - Washington, DC

"Preaching and Politics"

 

Lent - Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday)

"As he rode along, the people were spreading their cloaks on the road; the whole multitude of his disciples began to praise God aloud for all the mighty deeds they had seen." Luke 19: 36,37B

As we head into Holy Week  let us take this time to reflect on and enter anew into the saving mystery of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Let us make this a week like no other.

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Award-Winning Digital Artist, Jason Moore to Lead a Workshop at the Festival!

“To capture the bittersweet feeling of having to let go, and after much brainstorming, we decided to use the metaphor of a child catching and releasing a butterfly. If we selfishly hang on to old notions of spiritual highs, religion, church and faith, whether in personal devotion or in our church communities, we can starve them of life, to the point they are no good to anyone. But just like releasing a butterfly from a jar, if (we) let go of them, we open ourselves up to new experiences –

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Downtown Presbyterian Church Second Venue

“We are a downtown church.  Some regard this as a handicap.  I look upon it as an asset.  Give me a church where life is densest, and human need is greatest – not a church in some sequestered sylvan retreat, not a temple in some lonely solitude far removed from the walks of life and attended only by the children of privilege and leisure, but give me a church whose doorstep is on the pavement, against whose walls beat and lap the tides of labor, whose hymns mingle with

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Highly regarded Author and Conference Speaker Carol Howard Merrit Coming to Nashville

“I love the mainline church, but more than my affection for any sort of denomination, I have this torrent of love for a new generation. Each time I hold a baby in my arms, pour the waters of baptism upon her head, I recall those words from Acts 2: "This promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away." As the water rolls onto the sleeves of my preaching robe, I renew my promise to the next generation. So the question of what will happen in the next twenty years exhilarates

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5th Sunday of Lent

Psalm 126

1  When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,  we were like those who dream.  2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, "The Lord has done great things for them."  3  The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.  4  Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses in the Negeb.  5  May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.  6 

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