At Backstory Preaching, we help preachers improve in the craft of preaching so they feel more confident in the pulpit—all while renewing their connection to God.
To that end, one of our goals is to make continuing education not only accessible and affordable, but also continual.
That’s why we bring some of the great preaching minds of our time directly to you in The Collective+ each month.
We’d love to introduce you to our guests for the rest of the year and hope you’ll join us in learning from these insightful leaders in our field.
Bishop Rob Wright
Joining the Collective+ October 15th, 2019
Excerpt of bio from the Diocese of Atlanta website:
“The Right Rev. Robert C. Wright is the 10th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, which covers north and middle Georgia and embraces 110 worshiping communities. At the time of his election in June 2012, he had served 10 years as rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta. Prior to that, he was a school chaplain and on the staff of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City.”
Bishop Wright’s weekly devotional, For Faith
Twitter handle: @XBishopatl
Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery
Joining the Collective+ November 19th, 2019
The Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery is the Dean of Duke University Chapel and Associate Professor of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School. A national leader in the theological study of the art of preaching (homiletics), Powery regularly delivers sermons at Duke Chapel as well as at churches throughout the United States and abroad. He is often a keynote speaker and lecturer at educational institutions, conferences, symposia, and retreats. His teaching and research interests are located at the intersection of preaching, worship, pneumatology, and culture, particularly expressions of the African diaspora.
Twitter handle: @LukeAPowery
Books: Were you there? Lenten Preaching on the Spirituals; Dem Dry Bones: Preaching, Death, and Hope; Ways of the Word: Learning to Preach for Your Time and Place; Spirit Speech: Lament and Celebration in Preaching; Rise Up, Shepherd!: Advent Reflections on the Spirituals
Rev. Jane Patterson, PhD
Joining the Collective+ December 2nd, 2019
Rev. Jane Patterson will be speaking to us about preaching on Luke for Christmas.
Excerpt of bio from Seminary of the Southwest website:
“The Rev. Jane Patterson, PhD, is associate professor of New Testament and serves as director of community care. She joined the full-time faculty in 2013 after teaching part-time and serving as interim director of Theological Field Education, 2003–2005. She is the author of Keeping the Feast: Metaphors of Sacrifice in 1 Corinthians and Philippians (SBL Press, 2015). In biblical studies, her academic interests include the intersection of literary, political, and theological study of the scriptures. She also teaches in the area of Christian formation, where her work focuses on vocation and Christian practice. She serves as co-director of St. Benedict’s Workshop, a ministry devoted to helping laity live their faith in daily life, and serves the Diocese of West Texas as missioner for adult formation and as a member of the diocesan examining chaplains. She is active as a preacher, teacher, and parishioner at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio.”
Find the full sermon transcript and audio at the Seminary of the Southwest “Sermons & Lectures” collection.
Don’t miss these speakers!
We’d love for you to join us as we learn from these exceptional preachers.
And you’ll want to check out all the new features of The Collective/+. We’re moving to a new and improved platform this week, adding a new weekly sermon prep tool (launching mid-October), creating resources for those who use the narrative lectionary, and more.
Come see what a community of growth-oriented preachers can do for your preaching life.