Festival Blog

2018 Festival of Homiletics - Washington, DC

"Preaching and Politics"

 

Speaker Profile: Rolf Jacobson

Bio

Known for his humor and passion for the Old Testament, Rolf Jacobson appears weekly on two preaching podcasts: "Sermon Brainwave" and "I Love to Tell the Story."  His latest book, on which he collaborated with Beth Tanner and Nancy deClaisse-Walford, is the Psalms  commentary in the New International Commentary on the Old Testament series (Eerdmans, 2014).  His works also include “Crazy Talk: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Theological Terms” (Augsburg Fortress, 2008)

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A Preacher's Take on Going to the Mountaintop by Julie Adkins

I do believe that the mountaintop setting
is important, not so much because it brings one closer to God (as the Hebrews seem to have believed) as because it brings us away from everyday dramas and distractions.

 

Whether the mountaintop is literal or metaphorical,
there does seem to be something
about the deliberate act of removing ourselves
from the “everyday” that enables us
to listen more closely to God. If even Peter, James, and John -- who seem to have been Jesus’

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Speaker Profile: Anna Carter Florence

Bio

Anna Carter Florence is the Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.  She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and holds degrees from Yale College and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div. and Ph.D.).  Before joining the Columbia faculty in 1998, Anna served as an associate pastor for youth and young adults at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis.

Her books include Preaching as Testimony and

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A Prayer for Epiphany

"In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage." When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, "In Bethlehem of

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! We hope that this coming year is full of rich conversations, powerful proclamation, and meaningful memories. And we pray you will always remember that it is not just each new year, but each new day that you may seek new life in Christ. 

 

 

 

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given

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