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Bast Preaching Initiatives


Preaching the Word is a vocation worthy of our lives.  It requires us to dwell in the text and allow the text to dwell in us.

Please visit our website at Bastpreaching.com

Bast Preaching Initiatives seek to raise up preachers through five major elements:

2015 Bast Preaching Festival

2015 Bast Preaching Festival (Nov. 8-9) Featuring the Rev. Dr. Anna Carter anna.jpgFlorence

The Rev. Dr. Anna Carter Florence is the Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA.

Dr. Florence is interested in historical, theological, aesthetic, and performative dimensions of preaching and the ways preaching engages other fields and different traditions. Her research focuses on testimony, feminist theology, the role of experience in preaching, and the history of preaching women. She is a frequent speaker and lecturer at churches and conferences including the Festival of Homiletics.

Education: B.A. Yale University 
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary 
Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary

Publications:  Preaching as Testimony (2007) 
Inscribing the Text: Recent Sermons by Walter Brueggemann, editor (2004) 
"Put Away Your Sword!: Taking the Torture Out of the Sermon," in What's the Matter With Preaching Now? (2004) 
"A Prodigal Preaching Story: Paul, Eutychus, and Bored-to-Death Youth" in The Future of Preaching (2004) 
She is a frequent contributor to Lectionary Homiletics and other journals.


Preaching Peer Groups

dwellgroup2.jpgIn 2013, Western Theological Seminary was awarded a grant from the Lilly Foundation to further excellence in preaching through the formation of peer groups.  Resources are made available to start groups among college students, seminary students and pastors.  Click below for more information:

Dwell Groups: Peer Groups for Preachers

Discover Groups: Preaching Peer Groups for Seminarians

Discern Groups: College Peer Groups on Call and Preaching

For more information contact Lindsay Small at lindsay.small@westernsem.edu.

Resource Center

Western Theological Seminary's Beardslee Library is working with the Bast Endowment to digitize the multiple resources gathered from past Bast Festivals and other learning opportunities held at the seminary.

Henry Bast Chair of Preaching

timbrown-jul08.jpgThe Henry Bast Chair of Preaching is a faculty administrated position and is one of the five components of the Bast Preaching Program.  This endowed chair at Western Theological Seminary was established to continually raise up new generations of preachers for the Church of Jesus Christ.  Since 1995, Rev. Dr. Timothy Brown has held the Henry Bast Professor of Preaching Chair at Western Seminary.  As a young man and new convert in the late 1960s, Tim witnessed the aging and ill Henry Bast ascending the pulpit to preach.  Tim recalls, "I thrilled then, as I do now, to the gospel he preached."

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