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2018 Festival of Homiletics - Washington, DC

"Preaching and Politics"

 

Speakers


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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Speaker Profile: Grace Imathiu

"Rev. Grace Imathiu is one who has clearly heard God's call to be a forth-teller of the Gospel. She understands that we have been given a message to proclaim. When on hears grace preach, one hears the word of God. She proclaims the 'biography of the deeds of God.' To listen to Grace preach and teach is to hear the words of the Holy Scripture come to life and become living words of faith and hope." - Dr. Eddie Fox, in an interview section of "Words of Fire, Spirit of Grace: 12 Sermons by

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Speaker Profile: Angela Hancock

"One of the questions I always ask students when they read a passage from the Bible is this: “What do you hope this text will say?”

It’s a good question for interpreters to ask themselves, because answering it reminds us of the sometimes uncomfortable truth that we always read with expectations. We come to texts, to people, to situations, to the world, looking for something. The question we must ask ourselves is this: are we genuinely open to finding something else? Something

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Speaker Profile: M. Craig Barnes

"By grace we're created in the image of God. When we corrupt our lives with sin, the grace of God in Jesus Christ forgives us and makes us fully alive again. By grace the Holy Spirit binds us to this savior, includes us in the church, moves our chaos over to create beauty, and interrupts our plans with God's dream that we too become gracious.  Along the way the holy image re-emerges in our lives." - M. Craig Barnes

Bio

Craig Barnes is the seventh president of Princeton Theological Seminary.

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Speaker Profile: Bishop Michael Curry

"Agreement does not constitute the church. Being bonded in Christ does!" -Bishop Michael Curry

Bio

Michael Bruce Curry was elected 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina on February 11, 2000. He was consecrated on June 17, 2000, in Duke Chapel on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 13, 1953, Bishop Curry attended public schools in Buffalo, New York, and graduated with high honors from Hobart College in Geneva, New York,

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