Prophetic Preaching

August 13, 2018

A cohort led by Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler

Dr. Sadler is the Associate Professor of Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte.

 The Prophetic Dimensions of Pastoral Ministry
At: Union Presbyterian Seminary
September 2018-May 2019
Rodney S. Sadler, Jr.

Duke University, Ph.D.
Howard University, School of Divinity, M.Div.
Howard University, B.A.
Rodney S. Sadler Jr’s teaching experience includes courses in biblical languages, Old and New Testament interpretation, wisdom literature in the Bible, the history and religion of ancient Israel, and African American biblical interpretation. His first authored book, Can A Cushite Change His Skin? An Examination of Race, Ethnicity, and Othering in the Hebrew Bible, was published in 2005. He frequently lectures within the church and community on Race in the Bible, African American Biblical Interpretation, the Image of Jesus, Biblical Archaeology, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. He was the managing editor of the African American Devotional Bible.
Dr. Sadler served as a visiting lecturer and interim co-director of the Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC, and was an associate minister in Durham, NC.

Too often the question of relevance is raised about the church today. There are churches in every community across our nation. Still, poverty, racial disparity, xenophobia, greed, hatred, and a host of other injustices persist. Is it that the church has proven ineffective as a source of delivering, “Thus says YHWH” in response to the world Have we lost focus on a significant dimension of the Judeo-Christian tradition in our contemporary preaching? Do we need to reclaim the prophetic dimensions of pastoral ministry?

This cohort will explore the way that our preaching can provide God’s alternative vision of a just and racially equitable society. Focusing on themes of social justice and racial reconciliation we will mine the biblical texts to examine what it is that YHWH is saying to the church and we will engage in peer-supported and evaluated preaching exercises to strengthen our ability to deliver the Christian message.

The course will meet 9 times on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 a.m. until noon beginning on September 25th. Our early classes will focus on the content of our preaching and emphasize the biblical witness, exegesis with a justice hermeneutic, and our course readings. The latter part of the course will focus on the practice of preaching engaging the content we have previously explored.

Course texts:
Marvin McMickle, Where have all the prophets gone?
Walter Brueggemann, The prophetic imagination  
Abraham Heschel, The Prophets (Selected Sections)
Martin L. King, Jr., “The Letter from a Birmingham City Jail”
Other readings as assigned

Course meetings: (10am-12pm)
Sept 25th
Oct 16th 
Nov 13th
Dec 11th 
Jan 22nd 
Feb 12th 
March 12th 
April 9th
May 7th 

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