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2018 Festival of Homiletics - Washington, DC

"Preaching and Politics"

 

Speakers


Speaker Profile: Karoline Lewis

"As a teacher of preachers, I believe that those who will stand in the pulpits of the future church need to renew their trust in the Bible. A biblical text ought to be something more than a jumping-off point to doctrine or other topics in a sermon.

I think the future of homiletics is biblical preaching and being able to interpret biblical texts into the lives of congregations so that the text becomes the shaping, forming, living word of God that it’s meant to be.  The sermon needs to be

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Speaker Profile: Walter Brueggemann

“Sabbath, in the first instance, is not about worship. It is about work stoppage. It is about withdrawal from the anxiety system of Pharaoh, the refusal to let one’s life be defined by production and consumption and the endless pursuit of private well-being.”  -Walter Brueggemann

Bio

Walter Brueggemann is professor emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, where he served from 1986 until 2003. He also served as president of the Society of Biblical Literature

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Speaker Profile: Lauren Winner

“Some days I am not sure if my faith is riddled with doubt, or whether, graciously, my doubt is riddled with faith. And yet I continue to live in a world the way a religious person lives in the world; I keep living in a world that I know to be enchanted, and not left alone. I doubt; I am uncertain; I am restless, prone to wander. And yet glimmers of holy keep interrupting my gaze." -Lauren Winner, "Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis"

Bio

Lauren WinnerLauren Winner is a priest associate at St. Luke's

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Speaker Profile: John Bell

"Take, O take me as I am; 
Summon out what I shall be; 
Set your seal upon my heart 
And live in me." - Take O Take Me As I Am by John Bell

Bio

John Bell was born and resides in Scotland. He is a liturgical composer who writes cooperatively with colleagues in Glasgow. He has a deep interest in music from non-European cultures and a passion for song of the Assembly. Though his primary vocation is as a preacher and teacher, he spends over half his time working in the areas of music and

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Speaker Profile: David Lose

“...while optimism assumes things will soon get better, hope testifies that whether things get better or worse yet ultimately God’s good will for us and all creation will prevail. And rooted in that promise, we can take action today, standing with the good, opposing evil, and doing what we can, not because we expect or need to save the world, but rather because we believe that since God will save the world we are free to throw ourselves into taking care of the little corner of the world

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