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2019 Smyth Lectures: How to Survive a Dangerous Sermon
February 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
Columbia Theological Seminary announced that author, scholar and renowned preacher Dr. Frank A. Thomas, the Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics at Christian Theological Seminary, will be the 2019 Smyth lecturer. Thomas will deliver two lectures offered free to the public in the Harrington Center Chapel on the seminary campus located at 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA. The first lecture will be on Tuesday, February 5, at 7:00-8:00 pm, and the second lecture on Wednesday, February 6 at 11:00am-12:00pm. A reception will be held immediately after the first lecture.
Dr. Frank Thomas will offer insights from his latest book How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon (Abingdon Press, February 2018) and his upcoming book, How to Survive a Dangerous Sermon. The “dangerous sermon” is one that refuses to reflect idolatrous, diabolical imaginings of our human future. Rather, it challenges them by activating the four qualities of moral imagination: the embodied presence of the preacher, empathy as a bridge between past injustice and future possibilities, wisdom found in ancient texts, and hope conveyed through artistic, poetic language. Thomas argues such sermons are ” dangerous” and seeks to help preachers navigate the challenging and choppy waters of dangerous sermons.