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2019 Festival of Homiletics - Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"



Speaker Profile: Brian McLaren

"We must never underestimate our power to be wrong when talking about God, when thinking about God, when imagining God, whether in prose or in poetry. A generous orthodoxy, in contrast to the tense, narrow, or controlling orthodoxies of so much of Christian history, doesn't take itself too seriously. It is humble. It doesn't claim too much. It admits it walks with a limp.”  -Brian McClaren, "A Generous Orthodoxy" 


A former pastor and college English teacher, Brian McLaren is an author, speaker, activist and networker among innovative Christian leaders. In 1982, he helped found Cedar Ridge Community Church, a trans-denominational church in the Baltimore-Washington area, which grew to involve several hundred people, many of whom were previously unchurched. In 2006, he left the pastorate to devote full time to writing and speaking. Time magazine listed him as one of the twenty-five most influential evangelicals in America. McLaren has been active in networking and mentoring church planters and pastors since the mid-1980’s, and has assisted in the development of several new churches. He is a popular speaker nationally and internationally. Brian is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. In 2004, he received the Doctor of Divinity Degree from Carey Theological Seminary. In 2010, he was awarded a second Doctor of Divinity Degree from Virginia Theological Seminary. Brian is the author of more than a dozen books including “A New Kind of Christianity,” “A Generous Orthodoxy” and in June 2014, “We Make the Road by Walking.”

Festival Schedule

He will be speaking on 5/22/2014 at 8:45am at Central Lutheran Church in worship and on 5/22/2014 at 9:35am at Central Lutheran Church in a lecture.

Additional Info

We are very excited to have Brian McClaren here for the Festival in May! There is much to learn from his mentoring and evangelism experience. For more about him, please check out the following links: 



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