Senior Minister, Marble Collegiate Church, New York City
Michael Brown is a native of Asheboro, N.C., and graduated from High Point University, Duke University Divinity School, and received his Doctorate of Ministry in preaching from Drew Theological Seminary. Previously, he served as senior minister to the 4,000-member Centenary Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. He has taught at University of North Carolina-Asheville, High Point University and Wake Forest University Divinity School. Michael is the author of seven books, including “Bottom Line Beliefs” and “Making the Timeless Word Timely,” and is a contributing author to 11 others. His new book, “Five Mile Walk,” is due this year. In 1995, he was included in the "Great American Preachers” book series. Brown is the recipient of the Circuit Rider Certificate of Merit from the United Methodist Church and the John L. Borchert Award for Christian Communications. Pfeiffer University awarded him the Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters in 2012. He has served numerous times as preacher for “The Protestant Hour” and “Day One” radio programs. Weekly worship services from Marble Collegiate are televised in the tri-state area and shown globally via web-streaming. His web service, “Worship Without Walls,” also has a global audience. As senior minister at Marble Church, he has been featured in several national television specials, including “Hope Is Born!” “Every Day Is Sunday” and “Hope Is Back!” He is a frequent lecturer, preacher and motivational speaker, addressing both religious and secular groups. He frequently offers variations on the theme of Finding Life by Practicing Love to meet the specific needs of the particular audience.
Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching and The Alvin N. Rogness Chair of Homiletics, Luther Seminary
Karoline M. Lewis joined the Luther Seminary faculty in 2007. She has also 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, Ga. 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); and the introduction and study notes for the Gospel of John in the Lutheran Study Bible (Augsburg Fortress, 2009). She is co-author of “New Proclamation: Year B, 2009, Easter through Christ the King” (Fortress Press, 2009) and has contributed articles to The Christian Century, Feasting on the Word, Feasting on the Gospels, Lutheran Forum, Word and World and Odyssey Network’s ON Scripture. Her blog post on Passion Sunday for The Christian Century was one of the top ten blogs of 2011. Her most recent book is the fourth volume in the Fortress Press Biblical Preaching Commentary Series on the Gospel of John (2014). She is a contributing writer for www.workingpreacher.org and co-host of the site’s weekly podcast, “Sermon Brainwave.” Her blog, “OnPreaching,” can be found on her website, www.karolinelewis.com. Follow her on Twitter at @karoline_lewis for weekly reflections on preaching the lectionary texts for the upcoming Sunday.
Joe R. Engle Professor Emeritus of Preaching, Union Theological Seminary
Barbara Kay Lundblad has taught at Yale Divinity School, Princeton Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College and the Association of Chicago Theological Schools. She will be teaching at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in spring 2015. She is a frequent speaker at the Festival of Homiletics and preacher on the “Day1” radio program. A graduate of Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., Lundblad received a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and Doctor of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Ordained in the ELCA, she served 16 years as a parish pastor in New York City. She was campus pastor at Lehman College and New York University. Lundblad is the author of “Transforming the Stone: Preaching through Resistance to Change” and “Marking Time: Preaching Biblical Stories in Present Tense.” She has contributed to Lectionary Homiletics, Currents in Theology and Mission, Word & World, The Journal of Preaching and The Living Pulpit.
Otis Moss III
Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago
Otis Moss III is the senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. A leading progressive Christian activist and cultural critic, Moss is a jazz-influenced pastor with a hip-hop vibe. He is committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ rooted in love and justice, and is inspired by the works of Zora Neale Hurston, August Wilson and Howard Thurman. His creative, Bible-based messages have inspired young and old alike. His intergenerational preaching style has made Moss a popular speaker on college campuses, at conferences and at churches across the globe. Moss authored “Redemption in a Red Light District," co-authored “The Gospel Re-Mix: How to Reach the Hip-Hop Generation” and co-authored “Preach! The Power and Purpose Behind Our Praise” with his father, The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr. His sermons, articles and poetry have appeared in publications and on blog sites such as The Huffington Post, Urban Cusp, The Root, Power in the Pulpit II: America’s Most Effective Preachers, Joy To The World: Sermons From America’s Pulpit, Sound The Trumpet: Messages of Hope for Black Men, The Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama, Sojourners Magazine and The African American Pulpit Journal. His book of sermons, “The Gospel According to ‘The Wiz’:?And Other Sermons from Cinema,” will be released in May 2014. A native of Cleveland, Moss is an honors graduate of Morehouse College and Yale Divinity School and has a Doctor of Ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary.
Dean of Chapel and Associate Professor of the Practice of Homiletics, Duke Divinity School
Prior to his appointment at Duke, Luke A. Powery served as the Perry and Georgia Engle Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Princeton Theological Seminary. He received his B.A. in music with a concentration in vocal performance from Stanford University, his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and his Th.D. from Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto. His teaching and research interests are located at the intersection of preaching, worship, pneumatology and culture, particularly expressions of the African diaspora. He has written two books, titled “Spirit Speech: Lament and Celebration in Preaching” and “Dem Dry Bones: Preaching, Death, and Hope” and is currently working on a co-authored introductory textbook on preaching titled "Ways of the Word: Learning to Preach for Your Time and Place," as well as two devotional books of meditations on the spirituals for the liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent. Powery was ordained by the Progressive National Baptist Convention and has served in an ecumenical capacity in churches throughout Switzerland, Canada and the United States. He is a member of the Academy of Homiletics, for which he has served as secretary; the American Academy of Religion; and the Society for the Study of Black Religion. Powery served as a member of the executive lectionary team for the African-American Lectionary and is the recipient of numerous scholastic fellowships and awards. In 2008, the African-American Pulpit named him one of 20 outstanding black ministers under the age of 40 who are helping shape the future direction of the church. In 2014 he was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College for his ethical and spiritual leadership in the academy, church and broader society.