2011 Celebration of Biblical Preaching

Preaching on the Edge

MONDAY, OCTOBER 3

Preaching: Mary Hinkle Shore (Text: Philippians 3:4b-14)
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Plenary: Walter Brueggemann
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Plenary: Doug Pagitt
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Preaching: Walter Brueggemann (Text: Luke 18:1-8)
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4

Preaching: Doug Pagitt (Text: Acts 11:26b)
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Plenary: Mary Hinkle Shore
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Plenary: Raphael Warnock
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Preaching: Will Willimon (Text: Mark 1:21-28)
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5

Plenary: Will Willimon
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Preaching: Raphael Warnock (Text: John 3:1-7)
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Plenary Speakers

Walter BrueggemannWalter Brueggemann

Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary

Walter Brueggemann served at Columbia from 1986 until 2003. He also served as president of the Society of Biblical Literature and has lectured at universities and seminaries across the country and around the world. In 1994 he received both the Distinguished Alumnus award from Union Theological Seminary, New York City, and the Luce Theological Fellowship from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). He was named an honorary member of the British Society for Old Testament Study. Brueggemann has written more than 50 books, including several books on Old Testament theology. His most recent books include Prayers for a Privileged People; The Word Militant: Preaching a Decentering Word; Mandate to Difference: An Invitation to the Contemporary Church and The Theology of the Book of Jeremiah.

Doug PagittDoug Pagitt

Pastor, Solomon's Porch, Minneapolis

Doug Pagitt is a speaker and consultant for churches, denominations and businesses throughout the United States and around the world on issues of postmodern culture, social systems and Christianity. He is seeking to find creative, entrepreneurial, generative ways to join in the hopes, dreams and desires God has for the world. His speaking schedule and writing can be found at www.DougPagitt.com. Pagitt has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a Master of Theology from Bethel Seminary. He is the author of A Christianity Worth Believing; Church Re-Imagined; Preaching Re-Imagined and BodyPrayer. He is the co-editor of An Emergent Manifesto of Hope.

 

Mary Hinkle ShoreMary Hinkle Shore

Professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary

Prior to coming to Luther Seminary in 1997, Mary Hinkle Shore served in rural and suburban parish settings in North Dakota. She currently is rostered in the Southwestern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA and is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature. Shore earned a Ph.D. in New Testament and Christian Origins from Duke University; a Master of Divinity from Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary; and a Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Her recent publications include “Signs of Belonging: Luther’s Marks of the Church and the Christian Life,” and contributions to Word and World and Lectionary Homiletics.

 

Raphael WarnockRaphael Warnock

Senior Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta

Prior to Ebenezer, Raphael Gamaliel Warnock served as the senior pastor at Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore, Md. Warnock has taken on the contradictions in the U.S. criminal justice system through his preaching and fierce public advocacy.  He is a graduate of the Leadership Program sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Summer Leadership Institute of Harvard University. Warnock holds Master of Divinity and Master of Philosophy degrees from Union Theological Seminary and is a graduate of Morehouse College. He has been honored by multiple publications and organizations, and was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers.   

 

Will WillimonWill Willimon

Bishop of the United Methodist Church and former Dean of Chapel, Duke University

William H. Willimon has served as pastor of churches in Georgia and South Carolina. A graduate of Wofford College, Willimon holds the Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and the Doctor of Sacred Theology degree from Emory University. He has been awarded honorary degrees from a dozen colleges and universities. In 1992, he was named as the first Distinguished Alumnus of Yale Divinity School. He is the author of 60 books, including the popular “Worship as Pastoral Care.” His articles have appeared in many publications, including The Christian Ministry, Quarterly Review, Liturgy, Worship and Christianity Today. He is editor-at-large for The Christian Century.


Workshop Leaders

Eric Barreto

Assistant Professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary

Eric Barreto joined Luther Seminary in July 2009. Prior to that, he served as an adjunct professor at the Candler School of Theology and McAfee School of Theology. He also gained experience teaching in Sankor, Ghana, through Coast for Christ Ministries. In addition, he worked as a teaching assistant at Candler School of Theology and at Princeton Theological Seminary. Barreto was ordained into the Gospel Ministry by Peachtree Baptist Church in Atlanta in July 2006. He completed a doctorate in New Testament from Emory University and holds a Master of Divinity from PTS and a Bachelor of Arts in religion, magna cum laude, from Oklahoma Baptist University. Barreto has received numerous academic honors. His most recent include the George W. Woodruff Fellowship, the Emory Minority Fellowship Grant and several grants from the Hispanic Theological Initiative and the Fund for Theological Education. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion.

Debbie Blue

Founding Minister, House of Mercy, St. Paul, Minn.

Debbie Blue is one of the founding ministers at House of Mercy in St. Paul, Minn., and the author of Sensual Orthodoxy and From Stone to Living Word.

Donald Bryant Jr.

Associate Pastor, Shiloh Temple International Ministries, Minneapolis

Donald Bryant Jr. is an associate pastor at Shiloh Temple International Ministries in Minneapolis. He graduated from Michigan State University, where he received both a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration in marketing.

Richard Howell

Bishop and Overseer, Shiloh Temple International Ministries, Minneapolis

Richard D. Howell Jr. has served as pastor of Shiloh Temple International Ministries for more than 20 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in  pastoral studies from North Central Bible College and a Master of Arts in counseling psychology from St. Thomas University. In 2005, Howell received his Doctorate of Divinity from Friends International Christian University. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity by St. Thomas College in 2003. He has worked in management for the government as well as a counselor for Job Corps of America in St. Paul, Minn. Howell is the Diocesan of the Minnesota Wisconsin and Dakotas District Council.  

Rolf Jacobson

Associate Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary

Rolf Jacobson joined the Luther Seminary faculty as assistant professor of Old Testament in July 2003. Prior to joining the seminary, he taught at Augsburg College in Minneapolis as an assistant professor of religion. Jacobson earned his bachelor's degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. in 1987. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary (1991) and a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary (2000). Ordained in 1991, Jacobson served for five years as associate pastor of Como Park Lutheran Church in St. Paul before continuing his education at Princeton. At Princeton, he was the assistant editor for Theology Today and The Princeton Seminary Bulletin. He also served as a teaching fellow. Jacobson is a in-demand speaker and author, who produces theological and biblical scholarship for both the church and the academic guild. He recently served as editor of "Crazy Talk: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Theological Terms" and its follow up, "Crazy Book: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Biblical Terms." His articles have appeared in Word and World, Theology Today, Interpretation, Teaching Theology and Religion and in many collections of scholarly essays. With Kelly Fryer, he wrote the "No Experience Necessary" Bible studies. He has been a contributor to Augsburg Fortress's "Handbook" series, WorkingPreacher.org and Lectionary Homiletics. His credits also include appearances in many video curricula, including "The Lutheran Course."

Karoline Lewis

Assistant Professor of Preaching, Luther Seminary

Prior to joining the Luther Seminary faculty, Karoline Lewis was adjunct faculty in religion at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. She was also adjunct faculty in the Bible division at Luther in 1994-95 and 2006. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America in 1999, Lewis was associate pastor of worship and education at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Lawrenceville, Ga., from 1999-2002. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Academy of Homiletics and the Society of Biblical Literature, for which she also serves as program coordinator for the Upper Midwest Region. A graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., Lewis received a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in 1994 and a Ph.D. from Emory University in 2006. She is the author of "Rereading the 'Shepherd Discourse' Back Into the Fourth Gospel" (Peter Lang Publishing) as well as "Gospel Genre" and "Text Criticism" in Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction (ed. Mark Roncace and Patrick Gray; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature Resources for Biblical Study, 2005).

David Lose

The Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching, Luther Seminary

David Lose joined the Luther Seminary faculty in July of 2000 as assistant professor of homiletics. In May 2005, he received the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching and was named academic dean in June of the same year, a post he held through 2008. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate (1988) of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., and holds the Master of Divinity (1993) and Master of Sacred Theology (1997) degrees from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He earned his doctorate in homiletics from Princeton Theological Seminary (2000). Ordained in 1993, Lose served three ELCA congregations in New Jersey between 1993 and 2000. He currently serves as the Director of the Center for Biblical Preaching, and led the creative teams that developed WorkingPreacher.org and Sermon Brainwave. Lose is the author of Making Sense of Scripture (2009) and Confessing Jesus Christ: Preaching in a Postmodern World (2003), which was named one of the top 10 books of 2004 by the Academy of Parish Clergy. A popular speaker, Lose has lectured and led workshops throughout the country and internationally.

Russell Rathbun

Founding Minister, House of Mercy, St. Paul, Minn.

Russell Rathbun is one of the founding preachers of House of Mercy church in St. Paul, Minn. His latest book, Midrash on the Juaunitos was called "terrifying" by Publishers Weekly. He is also the curator of thehardestquestion.org, a lectionary-based preaching blog.

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary

Prior to joining the Luther Seminary faculty as assistant professor of Old Testament in 2006, Kathryn Schifferdecker served as an adjunct instructor. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America in 2001, Schifferdecker was associate pastor for five years at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arkdale, Wis., before coming to Luther. A summa cum laude graduate of St. Olaf College, she received a Master of Divinity, summa cum laude, from Yale Divinity School and a Doctor of Theology from Harvard Divinity School. While there, she served as a teaching fellow and on the editorial staff of the Harvard Theological Review. She is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature. Schifferdecker recently published Out of the Whirlwind: Creation Theology in the Book of Job (Harvard University Press, 2008). She is a contributor to WorkingPreacher.org.   

Matthew Skinner

Associate Professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary

Matthew Skinner is the author of The Trial Narratives: The Conflict, Power and Identity in the New Testament (2010) and co-editor of Shaping the Scriptural Imagination: Truth, Meaning and the Theological Interpretation of the Bible (2011) by Donald H. Juel. His blogs about the Bible have appeared online at The Huffington Post, Patheos and Day1. He also has contributed to The New Interpreter's Bible One-Volume Commentary (2010), Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary (2009), Theological Bible Commentary (2009) and The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible (2006-2009). He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).