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Concordia Seminary to Host Day of Homiletical Reflection

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, will host its 7th Annual Day of Homiletical Reflection on Wednesday, May 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the Seminary’s Clara and Spencer Werner Auditorium. The event is designed for pastors, students involved in homiletical education and others interested in the proclamation of the Gospel in today’s world. The registration fee for the Day of Homiletical Reflection is $20.

Walter Wangerin, Jr., professor of writing and theology at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind., will speak on “Preaching Paul.”

Wangerin joined the Valparaiso University faculty in 1991 as the Emil and Elfriede Jochum University professor. A prolific author who has written in almost every genre, Wangerin has won the National Book Award, New York Times Best Children’s Book of the Year Award and several Gold Medallions, including best-fiction awards for The Book of God and Paul: A Novel. His most recent book, Father and Son: Finding Freedom, tells of the relationship between Wangerin and his adopted son, Matthew. Wangerin was speaker for the Lutheran Vespers radio program from 1994 through January 2005, and prior to joining Valparaiso’s faculty, he served as an inner-city pastor in Evansville, Ind. for 16 years.

Sectional presentations include “Jonah: The Survivor Series” by Dr. Reed Lessing, associate professor of exegetical theology and director of the Graduate School at Concordia Seminary; and “Preaching from Paul’s Metaphors” by Justin Rossow, a Ph.D. candidate in Theology and Culture at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

The Day of Homiletical Reflection combines the annual Wenchel Lecture that promotes critical thought about preaching and practical enhancement in this art with the Ernie and Elsie Schneider Endowment for Excellence in Preaching that fosters support for innovative 21st century proclamation.

For more information, contact the Office of Continuing Education and Parish Services at 314-505-7486; ce@csl.edu; or visit the Seminary’s Web site at www.csl.edu.