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Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop 2021 – Professor Okamoto Online


July 12, 2021
July 14, 2021


Continuing Education


Making Sense of [Your] Preaching

Preaching is becoming more demanding because more hearers today come with less than they are used to: less knowledge of the Bible, less understanding of the Christian faith, less patience with preachers. On top of these challenges, preachers know that many hearers’ lives are growing more complex and confusing, and that they should also account for this. There are no easy answers, but making sense of preaching in the congregation today might make direction easier to discern and purpose easier to accomplish. This workshop is designed to give participants ways to make sense of the preaching task and the preaching office in the congregation, and also to make sense of specific issues that often arise in discussing preaching, including “textual preaching,” “distinguishing Law and Gospel” and “uses of the Law.”

Dr. Joel Okamoto

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Chairman of the Department of Systematic Theology and Waldemar and Mary Griesbach Professor of Systematic Theology, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

Dr. Joel Okamoto is well-known among graduates for bringing a thoughtful analysis to today’s increasingly non-Christian culture and exploring how the church can address the issues (such as normal nihilism and moral therapeutic deism) it faces within that culture. He has spent much time studying how we live faithfully as Christians today in both word and deed.

Dr. Joel Okamoto photo

Tentative schedule

One 10-11:45 a.m. Session One
11:45 a.m.-noon Q&A
2-3:45 p.m. Session Two
3:45-4 p.m. Q&A
Two 10-11:45 a.m. Session One
11:45 a.m.-noon Q&A
2-3:45 p.m. Session Two
3:45-4 p.m. Q&A
Three 10-11:45 a.m. Session Five
11:45 a.m.-noon Q&A
Registration cost: $100
Registration deadline: June 28, 2021
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Note: The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the workshop presenters.