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Festival Blog

2019 Festival of Homiletics - Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"


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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Speaker Profile: Grace Imathiu

"Rev. Grace Imathiu is one who has clearly heard God's call to be a forth-teller of the Gospel. She understands that we have been given a message to proclaim. When on hears grace preach, one hears the word of God. She proclaims the 'biography of the deeds of God.' To listen to Grace preach and teach is to hear the words of the Holy Scripture come to life and become living words of faith and hope." - Dr. Eddie Fox, in an interview section of "Words of Fire, Spirit of Grace: 12 Sermons by

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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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Speaker Profile: Angela Hancock

"One of the questions I always ask students when they read a passage from the Bible is this: “What do you hope this text will say?”

It’s a good question for interpreters to ask themselves, because answering it reminds us of the sometimes uncomfortable truth that we always read with expectations. We come to texts, to people, to situations, to the world, looking for something. The question we must ask ourselves is this: are we genuinely open to finding something else? Something

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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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