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Festival Blog

2019 Festival of Homiletics - Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"



Anna Carter Florence & Leonard Pitts to Open 2016 Festival

At opening night of the 2016 Festival, we will experience incredible worship and preaching with Anna Carter Florence, followed by a lecture by Leonard Pitts. Both the worship and the lecture will take place at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. 

Anna Carter Florence is is the Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and holds degrees from Yale College and Princeton

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Speaker Line-Up

There are many incredible preachers coming to the 2016 Festival in Atlanta!

Joanna Adams

Anthony Bailey

Walter Brueggemann

Anna Carter Florence

Claudio Carvalhaes

Edgardo Colon-Emeric

Yvette Flunder

Teresa Fry Brown

Nora Gallager

Grace Imathiu

Rolf Jacobson

Karoline Lewis

David Lose

Joy J. Moore

Otis Moss III

Heidi Neumark

Julie Pennington Russell

Leonard Pitts

Fr. Michael Renninger

Bruce Reyes-Chow

Raphael G. Warnock

Will Willimon

Lauren Winner

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Workshop: MaryAnn McKibben Dana

Yesterday, MaryAnn McKibben Dana, assistant professor of homiletics and worship at Pittsburg Theological Seminary, offered a workshop titled, "The Word in a 140-Character World: Faithful Preaching in the Digital Age." She explored both the benefits and drawbacks of technology in our day, especially as it relates to the church and our communities of faith.

Early on she posed the question: "Are we lifting up community that forms online?" We will always need tangible, in-person community, but community

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Workshop: Andrew Foster Connors

Earlier today, Andrew Foster Connors, senior pastor of Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, offered a workshop titled, "The Transformational Word: Building a Sermon that Agitates." 

Connors encouraged preachers to "build a sermon that agitates," not in the sense of barking at people every week, but rather bringing forth truths that need to be heard, and making public questions people are afraid to ask. 

He professed that wrestling has a place in a sermon, not just in crafting

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Speaker Profile: Matt Skinner


Matthew L. Skinner is Associate Professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary. Mostly recently he has written The Trial Narratives: Conflict, Power, and Identity in the New Testament(2010). He is the co-editor of Shaping the Scriptural Imagination: Truth, Meaning, and the Theological Interpretation of the Bible(2011). He also has contributed to a number of resources for pastors, teachers, and students, including The New Interpreter's Bible One Volume Commentary (2010), Feasting on the Word: Preaching

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