Kayaking at BdeMakaSka - Photo courtesy of Meet Minneapolis

Festival Blog

2019 Festival of Homiletics - Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"


Main Venue for the 2013 festival to be First Baptist Church!

First Baptist Nashville

"Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress." ~ I Timothy 4.15

First Baptist Church has been a fixture in downtown Nashville for more than 190 years. Those years reveal bold commitment to Christ, consistent dedication to Baptist principles, tenacious focus on the purpose of the church, a disciplined spirit of sacrifice, courageous resolution of crises, and careful articulation of goals and dreams.

Senior Pastor, Dr.

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Charismatic Preacher Bishop Murphy McKenzie to Lead Worship in Nashville!

“Gracious God, we come today confessing that we have spent much of our time satisfying our own needs, hungers and desires. Forgive us as we prepare to turn down our plates and turn our faces to the wall to hear you more clearly and love you more dearly. Prepare us to take the journey that will transform our lives to more resemble the self-giving sacrificial love of our savior. In Jesus’ name, Amen” - VMM

Vashti Murphy McKenzie
Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie is the presiding prelate

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Help us welcome the venerable Bishop Curry to Nashville this spring!

My sisters and my brothers, God made you YOU. And when you are YOU, you feel His pleasure. To glorify God. To give God glory. We are called to be who God made and created us to be. Jesus told us that. He taught us that. Listen to his Word, "Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven." -  Bishop Michael Curry

Bishop Michael Curry
Michael Curry was elected eleventh Bishop of North Carolina on February 11, 2000. He was consecrated

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One of America's best-known and most influential preachers, Will Willimon, presenting this year in Nashville!

“Isn’t it comforting that God has promised us that He will never allow anything happen to us… that is worse than what He allowed to happen to His own Son?…We follow a crucified Lord and Savior.” – Will Willimon

Will Willimon
The Reverend Dr. William H. Willimon is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at The Divinity School, Duke University. He is recently retired after serving eight years as Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist

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Best Things to Do in Nashville!

Nashville is proud to be known as the “Music City” and sites like the Musician’s Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry draw in plenty of tourist. However Nashville is also proud of its history - so spend a day sightseeing the Best Things to Do in Nashville, according to U.S. News Travel.

#1 Grand Ole Opry: This radio show that began broadcasting in the 1920’s put Nashville on the music scene map!

#2 Belle Meade Plantation: This 1853 Greek revival gem is

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