MCEC School for Ministers
"The Audacious Preacher" with Rev. Dr. Anthony D. Bailey
Wednesday, February 20: “Preaching and God's Privileging of All Nations/Peoples”
There is something theologically subversive about the role that gentiles, outcasts, and diverse peoples play in God’s salvation history. So in thinking about what it means to preach to our own day and generation, I will offer my thoughts about why the contrivance of “race” affects how we do theology, how we interpret the Bible, how our churches engage politics, and how preaching can contribute to our missional work. Practically-speaking, one of the take-away messages for the preacher is a deeper, or for some a new, theological understanding of a plot line in our salvation history that speaks in an emancipatory way to our congregants and the wider society. This matters theologically and biblically, and it matters to the way we see, understand and honour people of difference in relation to ourselves, our families, our friends and our congregations.
Thursday, February 21: “Accountable Preaching and Audacious, Prayerful, Contextual Engagement”
Too often our preaching does not sufficiently contribute to congregational discernment, nor does it help our congregation (or individual members) to boldly engage in contextual realities. Is this a result of a lack of accountability? I will share my perspective on the preacher's identity and calling, and on what it means to be accountable to the biblical text, to the Spirit's direction, and to the “sitz-in-leben” in which our preaching takes place. Practically-speaking, one of the take-away messages for the preacher is about the importance of paying closer attention to the multiple dimensions that should be informing our choice of preaching texts, our preparation, and the way in which we curate the preaching moment.
Conrad Grebel University College