"The Importance and Future of Preaching in an Age of Social Turmoil"

You are warmly welcomed to join us for the annual 2018 Preaching Workshop at Lipscomb University, February 12th and 13th. The Preaching Workshop is an interactive event focused on the craft of homiletics, bringing together students, guests, and recognized experts in the field for mentored experience and rich dialogue. Traditionally, this has been an invite-only event designed specifically for vocational preachers. This year, however, the content is of such tremendous importance that the workshop is open to any and all who would like to come.

We are proud to feature Dr. Walter Brueggemann and Dr. Jerry Taylor as our featured presenters, and who better to help guide our conversation around this year's theme: "The Importance and Future of Preaching in an Age of Social Turmoil." We will name why preaching matters, explore what it looks like to live and speak prophetically in our given sociopolitical context, and share powerful examples of reconciliation and redemption both here in our community and beyond.

The workshop runs from 2:00 pm on Monday, February 12 until 8:15 pm on Tuesday, February 13. The cost is $125, which includes four meals (dinner on Monday, and all meals Tuesday). If financial assistance is needed, please contact Mallory Wyckoff at mallory.wyckoff@gmail.com.

We hope you will make plans to join us for this timely and important two-day event, where together we explore our call to preach and live prophetically in an age of social turmoil.


Dr. Walter Brueggemann, one of the most highly regarded Old Testament scholars of the past century, returns to the Preachers Workshop in February, 2018!  Brueggemann first presented “among us” at the Sermon Seminar on the Psalms in 2003, and then on Exodus in 2008, providing essays and sermons in the volumes that came from those lectures. Thankfully, he is walking out of retirement for a final engagement at the most crucial juncture in our recent history.  With evidence mounting of our easy embrace of evangelical piety and its Americana world view, and with preaching facing a perilous future, Brueggemann will call us through a deep embrace of biblical texts, poetic beauty and stylistic cadence to proclaim a counter-narrative to the dominant civil religion of our day.  The future and identity of the church depend on preaching that insists that America’s current ideology, which Brueggemann labels “therapeutic, technological, consumer militarism” cannot be at peace with an exilic and biblical counter-narrative that exemplifies forgiveness, empowerment and value for the dispossessed.  Brueggemann will help us to carefully and thoughtfully step into the troubling truth that the world we prepared for and learned to master “is disappearing before our eyes” and “slipping through our fingers.” All of which underscores part of the prophetic preaching task, which is to “encourage, permit and engage the practice of public grief over a world that is gone.”   Brueggemann will remind us that preaching matters and help us listen to our better angels — that care for the vulnerable is synonymous with “knowing God ” (Jeremiah 22:15) and that widows, orphans and immigrants “are the canaries of any social system.”  We await with joyful expectation — borne from experience with this gifted prophet — for perhaps a final opportunity to engage this man, knowing that his message will inspire us to preach and act with faithful courage.



Jerry Taylor HeadshotDr. Jerry Taylor has been the leading force behind the Racial Unity Leadership Summit (RULS) that addresses racial division in Churches of Christ. Taylor encourages the use of the contemplative practices of fasting, silence, meditation, study, and active listening to foster an authentic spiritual and racial unity among blacks and whites in the body of Jesus Christ. As a national initiative, RULS seeks to provide spiritual inspiration, theological teachings, researched information, and practical methods as means of overcoming racial division in the church.