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Renowned preacher, scholar, and hymnwriter Thomas Troeger will keynote the ninth annual Day of Homiletical Reflection at Concordia Seminary, May 11, 2011, 9:00am to 4:15pm.

Troeger is the J. Edward and Ruth Cox Lantz Professor of Christian Communication at Yale Divinity School and has written more than a dozen books in the fields of preaching and worship. He is also an accomplished musician and poet whose hymns appear in countless hymnals.

His lecture is entitled "Remembering Constantly Forgotten Truth":

We will consider how human creatures continually forget that God has made and redeemed us. We will explore how preachers can remind us of this elemental fact without sounding nagging or boring, but instead infusing us with a sense of delight, wonder and gratitude at the graciousness of God.

That sense of wonder forms the thread of his most recent book, Wonder Reborn: Creating Sermons on Hymns, Music, and Poetry. And as one of his former students, I can attest to the powerful wonder he inspires in his listeners.

The day will also include sectional presentations by Dr. Troeger ("All of Us for All of God"), David Schmitt ("Image-Based Preaching"), and Reed Lessing ("Savior of the Nations Come"). Dr. Lessing's sectional will include a complete package of notes, sermon outlines, and illustrations  for the Advent season and Christmas.

The 2011 Day of Homiletical Reflection brochure/registration form can be downloaded here. Registration for the full day is $25.

For more information, contact Concordia Seminary's office of continuing education at 314-505-7486; ce@csl.edu; or visit the Seminary's continuing education website.