the Rev. Dr. David J. Lose
On March 9, 2021 at 10:30 am we will host the Rev. Dr. David J. Lose for a virtual Fosdick Lecture on Preaching.
Does Preaching Matter? More than Ever!
Amid a pandemic, economic and ecological crisis, painful reminder of racial justice, and a period of drastic political polarization, one may wonder whether or not the preaching of the church matters. Fair question. Yet at the same time, preaching the love, justice, and mercy of God has never mattered more. Preaching matters because it reminds us that the challenges of the day, while urgent, are neither the only nor ultimate realities with which we live. It matters because in the proclamation of the Gospel we are reminded of our primary identity as God’s beloved children, an identity that grants courage and confidence amid the challenges of the day and invites us to see others — all others — also as God’s children. And it matters because a central component of the Gospel is the promise that the future is in God hands, a promise that frees us to throw ourselves into the ordinary and everyday tasks immediately in front of us, reminding us that when done in faith, there are no merely ordinary and everyday tasks, but all contribute to realizing God’s will on earth.
The Rev. Dr. David J. Lose, senior pastor of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. From 2014 to 2017, Rev. Lose served as president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). He is the author of “Making Sense of the Christian Faith,” “Making Sense of Scripture” and “Confessing Jesus Christ: Preaching in a Postmodern World.” He speaks widely in the United States and abroad on preaching, Christian faith in a postmodern world and biblical interpretation.
10:30 am: Welcome & Introductions by Revs. Justin Lind-Ayres and Greg Renstrom in Hoversten Chapel
10:40 am: Lecture by the Rev. Dr. David J. Lose, “Does Preaching Still Matter?”
11:15 am: Q&A
11:30 am: Daily Chapel in Hoversten Chapel
The 2021 Fosdick Lecture is available on YouTube.