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A Plea for Pointless Preaching: A presentation by Rev. Dr. Robert J. Dean

November 1 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Like ships passing in the night, the disciplines of homiletics and theology have often been content to go their separate ways. As a result, preachers may shape their ministry by insights from the trending speakers and communicators of the day.

Often, however, these trends reflect atheological accounts of communication. If Jesus is not only the truth, but also the way and the life, how the message is communicated is inseparable from the content of the proclamation itself.

In his paper, "A Plea For Pointless Preaching: Bringing Renewal to the Pulpit through Theological Reflection," Rev. Dr. Robert J. Dean will argue for the necessity of recovering a theologically-robust account of preaching.

According Rev. Dr. Dean, Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics at Providence Theological Seminary, this account must understand proclamation as participation in the Spirit’s work of inscribing the people of God into the continuing story of Jesus Christ. Rev. Dr. Lissa M. Wray Beal, Professor of Old Testament at Providence Theological Seminary, will provide a response to the paper, after which she and Rev. Dr. Dean will take questions.

This event is free and open to all and will begin at noon of November 1 in the Howison Room of the Reimer Student Life Centre. Attendees who wish to have lunch during the presentation are welcome to bring a bag lunch or purchase a meal from the cafeteria.