Speakers and Musicians

26th Festival of Homiletics - 2018 Washington, D.C.

"Preaching and Politics"


Matt Skinner

Professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary

Matthew L. Skinner has taught at Luther Seminary since 2002. His publications include the books Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel: Encountering the Divine in the Book of Acts (2015) and The Trial Narratives: Conflict, Power and Identity in the New Testament (2010). He has also contributed to a number of published resources for pastors, teachers, and students, including Feasting on the Gospels (2015), The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology (2015), The New Interpreter’s Bible One-Volume Commentary (2010), Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary (2009), Theological Bible Commentary (2009), The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (2006-2009), and New Proclamation: Year B (2006). He has written for the websites Working Preacher, ON Scripture, and Huffington Post Religion. He is a longtime co-host of the popular Sermon Brainwave podcast. 
At Luther Seminary, Skinner teaches in masters-degree programs and in the seminary's D.Min. program in Biblical Preaching. Much of his teaching and research focuses on the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the cultural realities displayed in those writings, and the Bible's ongoing relevance for shaping Christian identity and fueling theological reflection. He's animated by questions of how the Bible and interpreting the Bible contribute (or not) to the life and theological imagination of congregations.
An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Skinner frequently teaches at workshops and conferences for church leaders. He can be found online at www.matthewskinner.org.

Sessions for Festival of Homiletics 2018