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2018 Festival of Homiletics - Washington, DC

"Preaching and Politics"

 

Speakers


Speaker Profile: Brian McLaren

"We must never underestimate our power to be wrong when talking about God, when thinking about God, when imagining God, whether in prose or in poetry. A generous orthodoxy, in contrast to the tense, narrow, or controlling orthodoxies of so much of Christian history, doesn't take itself too seriously. It is humble. It doesn't claim too much. It admits it walks with a limp.”  -Brian McClaren, "A Generous Orthodoxy" 

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A former pastor and college English teacher, Brian McLaren

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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

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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"

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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

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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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