From/To: Preaching that Accords with Covenant and Commission

December 1, 2021:  10:00 -11:30 am by Zoom

The church often tries to resolve competing priorities-in scripture interpretation and in life-by way of either unifying opposites (Both/And) or costly decision (Either/Or). Preaching, however, is most faithful, not when adjudicating among competing conjunctions, but when it aims at conversion and sanctification.  Instead of both/and or either/or, the logic of metanoia (From/To) is the hallmark of faithful, visionary pulpit leadership that builds faith and encourages genuine progress on the journey. How might you preach differently if the question you continually put to text and sermon were: ‘From where or from what condition are we setting out? Toward what or where is God leading us with this Word?’

Facilitator:  The Rev. Dr. Timothy Matthew Slemmons, Professor of Homiletics and Worship, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary

A Presbyterian minister and a graduate of Columbia and Princeton Seminaries, Tim has been for twenty years generating diverse, visionary, and inspired, yet orthodox resources in the service of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His most recent books are The Good Confession, Elaborations of the Psalms (1–50), and Return to God: Historical and Modern Confessional Sources for the Renewal and Regathering of the Church, all three released in 2020. He is presently at work on a new record, Revenant Psalms, consisting of guitar-based musical settings of a number of lament psalms. Tim is married to Victoria, who has also recorded the psalms with solo voice and therapy harp.

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This workshop is part of a monthly workshop series on preaching, the first Wednesday of every month from 10:00 to 11:30 am. For an overview of the series, click here.