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Previous Fosdick Lectures

Good News/Bad News: Preaching the Gospel and the Headlines

On February 9, 2017, Augsburg University Office of Campus Ministry held the second annual Fosdick Lecture on Preaching with “Good News/Bad News: Preaching the Gospel and the Headlines.”  The Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Senior Minister of The Riverside Church, New York, who was the featured lecturer and preacher in the Hoversten Chapel.      



The Christian faith is rooted in story. The stories of scripture communicate the grace of God en-fleshed in time and place. When shared, this divine plot has the power to pull people into the narrative in transformative ways. This is the confession of the church that is storied by God.

William Kent KruegerAugsburg University Campus Ministry Office hosted the first Fosdick Lecture on Preaching on February 2, 2016, with New York Times best-selling author and Minnesota native William Kent Krueger. A renowned story-teller with sixteen novels to his credit – including Ordinary Grace – Kent spoke on the power of story and its “importance to us and its unique ability to move people in mysterious and necessary ways.” His lecture offered helpful and practical insights for his fans as well as people, like preachers, particularly engaged in the story-telling process.

Pastor Rachel WrennThe morning session continued with a Response then concluded with Daily Chapel Worship at 11:30 am with the Reverend Rachel Wrenn preaching. Rachel is a 2011 graduate from Luther Seminary and recipient of the 2011 A. E. Hanson Prize in Preaching from the seminary. She is actively engaged in small town and rural ministry in Southwest Minnesota and a frequent contributor to the online preaching resource, Working Preacher.