2024 Evangelical Homiletics Society Annual Meeting

PREACHING
AND THE ARTS

October 17-19, 2024
Lancaster Bible College
Lancaster, PA

2024 EHS Annual Meeting

Featuring Rev. Dr. Paul Scott Wilson
The Rev. Dr. Paul Scott Wilson (BSc, MDiv, Ph, AB) is Professor Emeritus of Homiletics at Emmanuel College of the University of Toronto. He is one of North America's most respected and recognized teachers of homiletics. He is the author of several books, including The Practice of Preaching, Imagination of the Heart, God Sense: Reading the Bible for Preaching, and The Four Pages of the Sermon, published by Abingdon Press. He was the General Editor of The New Interpreter’s Handbook of Preaching, selected by Preaching magazine as the 2010 Preaching Book of the Year.
Rev. Dr. Paul Scott Wilson
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Preaching and the Arts

These lectures develop, from a theological point of view, the importance of art in preaching. In Creation and salvation, God is the ultimate artist, and Christ is “making all things new” (Rev. 21:5). Nonetheless, art has provoked controversy in both history and the Bible. What makes art Christian from a preaching perspective? Traditionally, “the arts” are seven: architecture, sculpture, painting, literature, music, performance, and photography or cinema. Preachers may use both works from the arts and methods of the arts. Arguably, proclamation of the gospel is a separate, distinct, eighth form of the arts. Preachers, at their best, are artists who use their words and acts to point to the glory of God and the kingdom of heaven.

Schedule

Registration

3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Welcome Banquet

6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Plenary Session I

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Rev. Dr. Paul Scott Wilson

Dessert Fellowship & Displays

8:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location

Lancaster Bible College
901 Eden Road
Lancaster, PA 17601
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The Keith Willhite

EHS Presenters Award

In 2003 the Evangelical Homiletics Society established the Keith Willhite Award in memory of Dr. Keith Willhite, the late cofounder and second president of our guild. This award recognizes an outstanding paper presented at the annual gathering of the EHS, reflecting the highest of standards in research, analysis, insight, critical thinking, passion, and professional standards in evangelical homiletics, as demonstrated in the life of our friend, colleague, and visionary cofounder. These papers will be published in the Journal of the Evangelical Homiletics Society.

The Keith Willhite

EHS Presenters Award

In 2003 the Evangelical Homiletics Society established the Keith Willhite Award in memory of Dr. Keith Willhite, the late cofounder and second president of our guild. The award recognizes an outstanding paper presented at the annual gathering of the EHS, reflecting the highest of standards in research, analysis, insight, critical thinking, passion, and professional standards in evangelical homiletics, as demonstrated in the life of our friend, colleague, and visionary cofounder. These papers are published in the Journal of the Evangelical Homiletics Society.

Past Award Winners

2022 – Nathan Wright & Alison Gerber

“What’s Our Big Idea?: Analyzing the Academic Literary Corpus of the Evangelical Homiletics Society”

2021 – Casey Barton

"On the Willows We Hung Our Harps: Preaching the Lament and Hope of Psalm 137"

2020 – Paul Hoffman

Preaching That Heals Our Divides: A Model for Addressing Ethnocentrism and Reconciliation from the Pulpit

2019 – Russell St. John

“Big Ideas and Bad Ideas”

2018 – Greg Hollifield

“By 2050: Preparing Students to Preach Effectively in an Emerging Secondary Oral Society.”

2017 – Heather Joy Zimmerman

No Longer Second Class Sermons: Redeeming the Topical Sermon’s Reputation through Application

2016 – Randal Pelton & Jeffrey Arthurs

“The Rewards and Challenges of Teaching Robinson’s Big Idea Method”

2015 – Jared Alcántara

“Church in the Wild: Preaching in an Age of Americanized Secularization and Biblical Illiteracy.

2014 – Greg R. Sharf

The Pulpit Rebuke: What is it? When is it appropriate? What makes it effective?

2014 – Timothy Warren

Exploring Precursors to and Benefits of Abe Kuruvilla’s ‘Pericopal Theology’

2013 – Jeffrey Arthurs

The Lord’s Remembrancers

2012 – Vic Anderson

Nuts and Bolts of Culture-Sensitized Sermons

2011 – Randal Emery Pelton

Creatively Moving to the Cross: Adopting the Goal while Adjusting the Method of Early Christian Preaching

2010 – Stephen Tu

From Pulpit to iPod: Disconnecting Preaching from Worship

2009 – Andrew Thompson

Community Oracles

2008 – Ken Langley

When Christ Replaces God at the Center of Preaching

2007 – Dave McClellan

Mapping a Sermon: An Alternative Model of Homiletic Preparation

2006 – Kent Edwards

Stories are for adults: Equipping preachers to communicate Biblical Narratives to Adult Audiences

2005 – Dave McClellan

Recovering a Sense of Orality in Homiletics”

2004 – Jeffrey D. Arthurs

Short Sentences Long Remembered: Preaching Genre-Sensitive Sermons from Proverbs”

2004 – Jeffrey D. Arthurs

Preaching the Psalms with Respect for Their Inspired Design

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Past Presenters

A key feature of the conference is the papers that members prepare and present to their peers. This is the heartbeat of our scholarly society, as members gather to encourage, query, and critique each other’s scholarship. Professors of preaching and other scholars lay out their ideas that have an impact on the classroom and their potential publications. Members get full access to every paper. Not a member? Join today. 

Theme: "Preaching as Leadership"
Location: Anderson University
Speakers: Kyle Small

Casey Barton

Core Fears, Motivations, and Leading Toward Integration: Undervalued Aspect of the Enneagram for Preaching

Randall Boltinghouse

Expository Preacher, Ecclesial Mayor: How E.K. Bailey Connected Preaching and Pastoral Leadership at Concord Missionary Baptist Church

Brandon Cash

Systemic Egotism or Cruciform Humility: Preaching, Leadership, and the Chase for "Public Honor" and "Social Status" in Roman Antiquity and Contemporary American Pulpits

Jon Freeman

Stolen Valor in the Pulpit: Implications in Taking Credit for the Ministry Accomplishments of Others

Alison Gerber

Identifying and Addressing Preaching Students' Fears in Preaching

Scott Gibson

Leading with a Limp: On Sex and the Character of the Preacher

Daniel Gregory

Ideology and Utopia: A Dialogic Strategy for Analyzing Various Approaches to Preaching

Sarah Han

Preaching as Coaching: Leading Listeners to Self-Actualization of Their Eternal Identity

Anne Kato and Alex Kato

The Promise and Peril of Preaching as Charismatic Leadership

Derek Kitterlin

Leading People to See: Imagination and Exposition

Kyoohan Lee

Christ is God's Transhistorical Intention: Understanding and Applying Sensus Plenior in Today's Biblical Preaching

Daniel Messina

The Homiletical Impact and Model of Jilton Moraes for the Brazilian Evangelical Church

Mark Palmer

The Use of Emotion as a Persuasive Tool in Leading through Preaching

Rodney Palmer

Towards a Transformational-Leadership Homiletic: Using Bernard M. Bass' Transformational Leadership Components for Expository Preaching that Connects with Generation Z

Timothy Rhee

When Shepherds Scatter God's Flock: Understanding Spiritual Abuse in Preaching

Russell St. John

Measuring the Health of Preaching

Caroline Smith

Sounding the Trumpet: Leadership through Prophetic Preaching in the Black Church Tradition

Jeff Smoak

Is Preaching the Gospel Required to Lead the Church?

Theme: "Preaching: Engaging a World Homiletic"
Location: The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago
Speakers: Sam Chan and Ezekiel Abijade

Meghan Bishop

Intellectual Disability and Homiletical Practice: An Analysis from within the Pentecostal Tradition

Brandon Cash

A Hermeneutic of Instruction: A function of Torah in the Hebrew Scriptures and its Implications for Christian Preaching

Emily Dolan Gierer

Teaching and Preaching: Utilizing Tools from the Classroom in the Pulpit

Daniel J. Gregory

Using the Social Identity Approach as a Heuristic for Preaching Amos

Larry T. Hall

A Case Study: Developing Strategies for Effective English to Swahili Preaching at Fellowship Baptist Church, Malindi, Kenya

Todd H. Hilkemann

Towards a Contextualized African Homiletic in African Homiletics Pedagogy

Gregory K. Hollifield

On the Spectrum: Preaching, Empathy, and the Challenges of Neurodiversity

Tim MacBride

In (Partial) Defence of the Monologue Sermon

Kevin Maples

The Preacher’s Racial Identity: Engaging a World Homiletic as a Human

Joshua M. Peeler

Them’s Fighting Words’: Common Principles of Christian Conflict Resolution

Chris Rappazini

Show AND Tell: The Use of Visual Aids in Preaching

Christian A. Schmitt

Epic Transcendence and Christian Preaching: An Initial Foray into Epic Preaching

Fieldon Thigpen

Misapplied Language: Toward a New Testament Lexicon of Preaching

Steve Tu

Homiletics of the Oppressed

Mark O. Wilson

Southern Fried Preaching with Grits: A Discovery of Homiletic Implications for Congregational Vitality by Exploring Common Preaching Practices of 10 Thriving South Carolina Churches

Will Wilson

Forming and Performing the Sermon: How Hand Gestures Help the Preacher Think and Preach

Nathan Wright & Alison Gerber

What's Our Big Idea? Analyzing the Academic Literary Corpus of the Evangelical Homiletics Society

Harry G. Zimmerman Jr.

Engaging the Black Tradition in Homiletics

Call for
Papers

Theme

Preaching and the Arts.

Submission Deadline

Deadline has passed

Although paper proposals may focus on other areas of homiletical research, preference will be given to those proposals that address the conference theme. 

In what ways does the art of preaching affect an audience just like all other artistic expression?

How should an appreciation of the arts inform the study and practice of homiletics?

How should the literary artistry of a text inform the message preached from it?

How should an appreciation of the arts infoHow should the sermon handle a text's description of an artistic work? Examples include the Tabernacle, Temple, New Jerusalem, and high priestly garments.

Must beauty in a sermon always seek to achieve an end other than appreciation?

What are the limits for beauty or the arts in preaching?

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