A. A. Pedersen Lectureship – 2018

In Scripture, God’s word takes on a variety of forms.  He uses stories and letters, proverbs and parables, oracles and psalms, to communicate his work of salvation in our midst. In preaching, however, we can sometimes reduce this variety to a small set of familiar forms. Over time, these well-trodden paths can become familiar ruts, both for us and for our people.

Recent work in homiletics has emphasized the importance of rediscovering a variety of forms in preaching. This year’s A. A. Pedersen Lectureship in Preaching will provide an examination of contemporary trends in homiletics, offering examples of what those trends might look like in preaching.

The lectureship schedule will be:

8:00am – 8:20am       Coffee and Refreshments

8:20am - 8:30am        Welcome & Introductions

8:30am - 9:45am        Session 1, An Overview of Recent Trends in Preaching

This session will offer an overview of the varied practices of contemporary preaching:  confessional preaching; kerygmatic preaching; transformational preaching; and dialogical preaching.  Using a sample text, preachers will see what a sermon would look like in each of four different types of preaching and consider both the values and the challenges each type poses for the preacher.

9:45am - 10:05am      Break

10:05am - 11:05am    Session 2, Kerygmatic Preaching

This session will examine in greater detail the art of integrating law and gospel into preaching, both in terms of the content of law/gospel and in terms of the sermonic form.

11:05am – 11:15am   Break

11:15am – 12:15pm   Session 3, Transformational Preaching – Narrative

This session will examine in greater detail the contemporary trend of narrative preaching. We will consider the development of a storied sermon moving from the art of reading the stories of Scripture to the art of preaching them.

12:15pm - 1:00pm     On-site lunch ($5/ person)

1:00pm - 2:00pm       Session 4

This session will examine in greater detail the contemporary trend of dialogical preaching.  Pastors will consider the theology that guides this style of preaching and then examine a wide variety of ways in which dialogical preaching can foster a more vibrant ministry of the word in a congregation.


The Rev. Dr. David Schmitt holds the Gregg H. Benidt Memorial Endowed Chair in Homiletics and Literature at Concordia Seminary.  The responsibilities of this position involve teaching courses in homiletics and literature and serving as a resource to the church-at-large, through writing, speaking, and conducting workshops and symposia.

Dr. Schmitt joined the faculty in 1995 and serves as Professor of Practical Theology.  He has taught courses in preaching, evangelism, pastoral ministry, Christianity and literature, and the devotional life.

Before coming to the seminary, Dr. Schmitt served as pastor of St. John the Divine in Chicago IL.  He earned his M. Div. from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (1988), an MA in English from the University of Illinois (1990) and an MA and a PhD in English from Washington University in St. Louis (2005).


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Rev. A. A. Pedersen was president of Lutheran Brethren Seminary from 1950 to 1955. As part of the faculty at LBS he inspired students with his ability to summarize complex biblical points. As a preacher he captivated congregants with his storytelling and faithful presentation of the Gospel.


Since 1991, Lutheran Brethren Seminary has sponsored an annual lectureship in preaching named in honor of a A. A. Pedersen. Each year this lectureship brings one of America’s ablest preachers to our campus.