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Festival Blog

2019 Festival of Homiletics - Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"



Still Time to Get the Early Bird Registration Discount!

We hope you will be able to attend the 2014 Festival of Homiletics, "Preaching with Holy Imagination," held in Minneapolis, MN in May. If you register on or before February 15, 2014, you will receive a discount on registration! For more information and to register, check out this link.

On or before February 15, 2014

  • $270 per person - single registrations
  • $255 per person for two or more registering together (Must be received and paid at the same time)
  • Full-time seminary student 50% discount

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Happy New Year!

New YearImage Credit: Happy New Year by Amodiovalerio Verde on Flickr

Happy new year from all of us working with the Festival of Homiletics! Take a moment to remember that it is not only each year, but each day and each moment that we are made new in Christ.

Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade others; but we ourselves are well known to God, and I hope that we are also well known to your consciences. We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity

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Twelve Days of Christmas

INativitymage Credit: Nativity by Stephen Downes on Flickr

"...And so the Church gives us, not one, but twelve days as a kind of “second chance” on Christmas. Twelve days, to see behind the sense of obligation underlying love that each gift given represents .Twelve days, to realize how much we are loved by God. Twelve days, to appreciate how little we deserve that love. Twelve days, to comprehend that we have done nothing to earn that love. Twelve days, to believe that God loves us unconditionally.

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Advent Week 4

Image Credit:   Advent Candle   by Randomsoleil on Flickr

"Dust if You Must"

A poem by Rose Milligan

Dust if you must, but wouldn't it be better
To paint a picture or write a letter, 
Bake a cake or plant a seed,
Ponder the difference between want and need? 

Dust if you must, but there's not much time,
With rivers to swim and mountains to climb, 
Music to hear and books to read, 
Friends to cherish and a life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the world's

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Advent Week 3

Image Credit:  Advent Candle  by Randomsoleil on Flickr

Silent Night, Holy Night... 

...Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace

As a child, I remember every year holding a lit candle in the darkness of the sanctuary, singing "Silent Night." There was something holy and mysterious about the experience that captivated me, and as I grew older, this congregational hymn was and is a strong connection with the sacred. 

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