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Concordia Seminary to Host Third Day of Homiletical Reflection

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, will host its Third Day of Homiletical Reflection on Wednesday, May 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thomas Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., will be the main presenter. Long will speak on “Meeting Marcus Borg Again for the First Time: Preaching in a Time of Spiritual Restlessness” and “Preaching in a Time of Changing Worship.”

Long is a noted author in the field of homiletics, as well as the former director of congregational resources at Geneva Press Presbyterian Publishing Corporation. Prior to this position, he was the Francis Landey Patton Professor of Preaching and Worship at Princeton Theological Seminary. He has served as editor of Theology Today and as the senior homiletics editor on the editorial council for the New Interpreter’s Bible. Long was recognized in Newsweek as “one of the twelve most effective preachers in the English-speaking world.” He received the B.A. degree from Erskine College in 1968, the M.Div. degree from Erskine Theological Seminary in 1971 and the Ph.D. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1980.

The Day of Homiletical Reflection combines an interest in the Lutheran Society of Homiletics with the annual Wenchel Lecture. The Wenchel Lecture promotes critical thought about preaching and practical enhancement in this art. Prominent homileticians and preachers, from both within The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and outside of it, have offered papers to the Seminary community. The Lutheran Society for Homiletics encourages critical thinking about homiletics, reflects upon current homiletical trends and theory, and enables pastors to learn from one another as they evaluate their own practice of preaching. Additional funding is provided by the Ernest and Elsie Schneider Endowment for Excellence in Relevant Preaching.

Registration for the Day of Homiletical Reflection is $20 and does not include meals. A Webcast of the day also will be available. For more information, contact Continuing Education and Parish Services at (314) 505-7123 or; or visit the Seminary’s Web site at