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2019 Festival of Homiletics - Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"



Stellar Line-up of Award Winning Musicians to Play at the 21st Festival of Homiletics in Nashville

Psalm 95:1

“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!”

This festival is sure to be a musical celebration with all of the incredible talent joining us in Nashville this year. We start the week strong with an opening concert featuring native singer/songwriters Ashley Cleveland and Beth Nielsen Chapman. Cleveland is a Grammy winning artist who fuses gospel, blues and rock to create a sound that is uniquely her own. Beth Nielsen Chapman, whether writing hits for other artists or recording her own has truly embraced a musical diversity in her work. They are sure to delight and entertain as they take the stage together.

They will be followed by the joyous sounds of the First Baptist Choir led by Music & Worship Pastor Joe Fitzgerald. It is sure to be an uplifting and inspirational first night of the 21st Festival of Homiletics.

Later in the week we will be captivated by the musical stylings of Nashville’s very own Renaissance man, Marcus Hummon. Hummon has enjoyed a successful career as a songwriter, recording artist, producer and studio musician, playwright and author.  Peter Mayer, lead guitarist for Jimmy Buffet and solo artist will make an appearance as well.  Together their body of work covers musical styles ranging from jazz and R&B to the sound best known in Nashville, country.

Adding their talents to the pool will be Dr. William Taylor, organist extraordinaire from Downtown Presbyterian Church and Worship Pastor James Keith Posey from Ginghamsburg Church in Ohio. Their musical gifts are sure to enrich the week’s worship.  

We round out the week with an evening concert with the Tokens – a theological musical variety show. Scott McKnight sums it up perfectly, “Lee Camp has it within him to organize a kind of Prairie Home Companion, but it’s southern and it’s theological and it’s filled with . . . some incredible music and skits and . . . this fellow called ‘Brother Preacher’ who was perhaps the funniest imitator of odd preaching I’ve ever seen. It was knee-slappin’ fun.” The evening is sure to be a highlight of the week!

So come to hear the preaching and enjoy some world class music along the way.

Check out their music...

Ashley Cleveland

Beth Nielsen Chapman

Marcus Hummon

Peter Mayer

James Keith Posey


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