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2019 Festival of Homiletics - Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"



Speaker Profile: Karoline Lewis

"As a teacher of preachers, I believe that those who will stand in the pulpits of the future church need to renew their trust in the Bible. A biblical text ought to be something more than a jumping-off point to doctrine or other topics in a sermon.

I think the future of homiletics is biblical preaching and being able to interpret biblical texts into the lives of congregations so that the text becomes the shaping, forming, living word of God that it’s meant to be.  The sermon needs to be the very living presence of Jesus and God for us." -Karoline Lewis, "karolinelewis.com"


Karoline M. Lewis joined the Luther Seminary faculty in 2007 and is the Alvin N. Rogness Associate Professor of Homiletics. She has taught at Augsburg College, Candler School of Theology, and Columbia Theological Seminary. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Lewis was Associate Pastor of Worship and Education at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion, serves as the Treasurer of the Academy of Homiletics, and is the Regional Coordinator for the Upper Midwest Region of the Society of Biblical Literature. A graduate of Northwestern University, Lewis received the M.Div. degree from Luther Seminary and the Ph.D. degree in New Testament Studies from Emory University. She is the author of Rereading the "Shepherd Discourse:” Restoring the Integrity of John 9:39-10:21 (Peter Lang Publishing, 2008), the introduction and study notes for the Gospel of John in the Lutheran Study Bible (Augsburg Fortress, 2009), co-author of New Proclamation: Year B, 2009, Easter through Christ the King (Fortress Press, 2009) as well as articles in The Christian Century, Feasting on the Word, Feasting on the Gospels, Lutheran Forum, Word and World, and Odyssey Network’s ON Scripture. Her blog on Passion Sunday for The Christian Century was one of the top ten blogs of 2011. Her current project is the fourth volume in the Fortress Press Biblical Preaching Commentary Series on the Gospel of John to be published in 2014. She is a contributing writer for www.workingpreacher.org and co-host of the site’s weekly podcast, Sermon Brainwave. Her most recent publications include articles in Preaching and the Personal (Pickwick), Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, Abingdon Creative Preaching Annual 2014, Lectionary Homiletics, and the e-book, Renew 52. She has been a featured presenter at numerous conferences, workshops, and conventions nationally and in Canada, speaking on preaching, biblical interpretation, and books of the Bible. Follow her on Twitter at @karoline_lewis for weekly reflections on preaching the lectionary texts for the upcoming Sunday.

Festival Schedule

She will be speaking on 5/21/2014 at 9:35am at Central Lutheran Church in a lecture. 

Additional Info

We are blessed to welcome Karoline Lewis to the Festival of Homiletics in May. Her vast experience in preaching and writing allows her a wealth of insights to share in the way of "Preaching with Holy Imagination." For more about her, check out the following links: 



Preaching Moment video from WorkingPreacher.org:


Sermon Brainwave podcast from Workingpreacher.org: 


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