Monday, October 01, 2012 1:40 PM
On Monday, October 8, Professor William "Bobby" McClain, Mary Elizabeth McGehee Joyce Professor of Preaching, gave an exciting and inspirational presentation on the thoughts he would share in his "last lecture."
Bobby has been a vital part of the Wesley Seminary faculty for more than 30 years and has shared his expertise in the areas of preaching, liturgy, and worship with countless seminarians. He has served as pastor of churches in Alabama, Philadelphia, and Boston; has taught at Boston College, Harvard University, Northeastern University, and Emerson College; and is a renowned preacher and speaker who has graced major pulpits and universities throughout this country and in Africa, Asia, the West Indies, New Zealand, and Europe.
"Christian preaching calls for a decision for or against Jesus Christ."
"This fact distinguishes this form of communication from speaking at a PTA meeting or giving a lecture in a lecture hall. Preaching involves bringing the whole suite of the gospel and the council of God to bear on human needs."
"Preaching is the guilty one, telling the guilty ones, about the just cause and the judgment of God upon their lives and society."
"We must be aware of the ambiguities of our time, the changing realities of daily living, and the courage of history and faith."
"We must do our sociology as well as our theology."
"People don’t come to church to learn the temperature of the water in which John the Baptist was baptized. They come to ask, 'Pastor is there any word from the Lord? What is the word for our world and all of its desperate needs. Preacher, do you have any word from the Lord?'"
To view a video of Bobby McClain's full presentation, click here.
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