Sem's 'Day of Homiletical Reflection' set for May

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, will host its 6th annual “Day of Homiletical Reflection” from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7.  The event is designed for pastors, students involved in homiletical education, and others interested in the proclamation of the Gospel in today’s world.

Dr. Richard L. Eslinger, professor of worship and preaching at United Theologicaleslinger.jpg Seminary, Trotwood, Ohio, will speak on “The Character of the Preacher: Exploring the Homiletical Virtues.”

Eslinger is the author of numerous books on preaching, including A New Hearing: Living Options in Homiletic Method; Narrative and Imagination: Preaching the Worlds that Shape Us; Pitfalls in Preaching; The Web of Preaching; and his current book project on “homiletical virtues,” which explores especially the character, ethos, and spiritual health and vitality of the preacher and the congregation.

Sectional presentations include:

  • “The Character of the Preacher: Truthtelling,” by Eslinger.

  • “God’s Top Ten,” by Dr. R. Reed Lessing, associate professor of exegetical theology at Concordia Seminary.

  • “Martin Luther: Christ’s Presence as Preaching,” by Dr. Ed Grimenstein, an LCMS army chaplain.

Concluding the program will be an interview of Eslinger by Dr. Dale Meyer, president and professor of practical theology at the seminary.

Registration for the Day of Homiletical Reflection is $20.  Lunch is available for $6, and CEU credit is $10.

For more information, contact the Office of Continuing Education and Parish Services at (314) 505-7486 or Or, visit the seminary’s Web site at

Posted April 3, 2008

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