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2018 Festival of Homiletics - Washington, DC

"Preaching and Politics"

 

Speakers


Speaker Profile: Will Willimon

"Every religion offers to help us finite creatures climb up to or dig deep into the infinite. Only Christianity contends that the infinite descended, taking the form of our finitude - Incarnation.  This book is the good news that we need not climb up to God; in Jesus Christ, God comes down to us." -Will Willimon

Bio

An elder in the United Methodist Church, Professor Willimon served as the dean of Duke Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University for 20 years. He returned to

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Speaker Profile: Otis Moss III

"Many times God will bring out new colors when we experience the blues of a storm - we must allow, the tears of God to beat across the canvas of our soul and God will paint a new picture in our spirit.” – Otis Moss III

Bio

Dr. Otis Moss III is part of a new generation of ministers committed to preaching prophetically that the message of love and justice are inseparable companions, forming the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He has a unique gift to communicate across generations. 

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Speaker Profile: Luke Powery

"One normally hears about preaching in worship, but preaching is also worship. Before a preacher takes a biblical text for a sermon, s/he should take time to pray because the power of preaching comes from God. This is to conceive of the preacher as worshipper. Before we speak to others, we must first speak to God and listen to God." -Luke Powery

Bio

LukeThe Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery is the dean of Duke University Chapel and an associate professor of the practice of homiletics

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Speaker Profile: Lillian Daniel

"Being privately spiritual but not religious just doesn’t interest me.  There is nothing challenging about having deep thoughts all by oneself.  What is interesting is doing this work in community, where other people might call you on stuff, or heaven forbid, disagree with you.  Where life with God gets rich and provocative is when you dig deeply into a tradition that you did not invent all for yourself." -Lillian Daniel

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Lillian Daniel is the author of the 2013 book When

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Speaker Profile: Eric Elnes

"When it comes down to it, we often experience God’s work at raising our vision and expanding our hearts not as something warm and fuzzy, but as violence, at least at first. The first hit feels more like a shock-wave than a love wave. It brings the barriers down that we have so carefully erected between ourselves and God – and between ourselves and other people. If we have deluded ourselves into thinking that an authentic relationship with God is only ever about warm fuzzies and never

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