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Festival Blog

2019 Festival of Homiletics - Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"

 

Anna Carter Florence, Ready to Climb

On Thursday, surrounded by eager listeners in the Westminster sanctuary, Rev. Dr. Anna Carter Florence returned to her roots. This was the church where she was first ordained, where she preached in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre, where she navigated despair from presiding over yet another lonely funeral of man who died in the AIDS Crisis. She remembers being there, by the pulpit, years ago while pregnant, feeling the first stirrings of her soon-to-be firstborn when he leapt in the womb

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Will Willimon Points Out Some Pitfalls

Willimon

In Rev. Will Willimon’s estimation, self-righteousness is a major pitfall to preachers’ efforts to be prophetic. When religious leaders internalize expectations of saintly perfection, we can be too afraid of saying the wrong thing to risk saying anything meaningful at all. When the idea of “prophets” gets confused with “fortune-tellers,” we feel pressured to speak from a place of all-knowing certainty.

We cannot know everything; but we can try to understand God,

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Otis Moss III Delivers the Spice of Love

Reverend Otis Moss III

Getting into the game, Rev. Otis Moss III opened his first sermon with a sports analogy, explaining how following sermons from James Forbes Jr. and William Barber II made him feel like James Jones, NBA player and three-time champion. Never heard of him? Rev. Moss joked that James Jones got all his championship rings from waiting ready on the bench, essentially in the right place at the right time. But Moss was in no way sliding into the pulpit on somebody else’s coattails, for he shared the

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