Ministers Week Workshops (Prothro Hall)
Tuesday, February 4, 2:00 PM
‘Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven has come near'
Metanoia and Praying toward the Reign of God"
Mark W. Stamm, professor of Worship, SMU
John the Baptist proclaimed, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near” (Mt. 3: 1-2), and the demand to repent and turn to God remains at the heart of the baptismal covenant. We will begin with some exegetical reflections on Matthew 3:1-6, using them to explore the relationship of metanoia and the church's work of intercession.
The Sacred Work of Memory
To Draw Near, Hear, and Be Changed
Carolyn Sharp, professor of Hebrew Scripture, Yale
This workshop will explore the texts from the book of Joshua that appear within the upcoming Revised Common Lectionary for Year A in Ordinary Time.
How the Bible Reads Us
Joerg Rieger, Wendland-Cook Professor of Constructive Theology
Discussions of the authority of the Bible often forget to ask the most important question: What difference does the Bible makes in our lives? In this seminar we will investigate how the Bible keeps reshaping, revitalizing, and radicalizing both church and world by studying examples of important movements in the past and present.
What Ever Happened to Fire & Brimstone?
Preaching Eschatology in the Twenty-First Century
Jean-Pierre Ruiz, Associate Professor, St. John’s University
This workshop will focus on the Gospel pericope for Christ the King Sunday in Year A of the Revised Common Lectionary, Matthew 25: 31-46.
Walking in the Light: Preaching Isaiah
Frederick J. Gaiser, Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Luther Seminary
Themes of light and darkness characterize Isaiah and much of the biblical witness. Though we “walk in gloom” (Isa 59:9), we are invited to “walk in the light of the Lord” (Isa 2:5). Considering Isaiah’s “light” texts could provide a sermon series for Lent or almost any time.