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Byberg Preaching Workshop 2020

January 27-29, 2020

Best Western Ocean View in Seaside, OR

Registration link is currently closed but should open in September

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Karoline M. Lewis, Ph.D.

 Karoline M. Lewis is the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, where she has taught since 2007.

Lewis is the author of SHE: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry (including an accompanying facilitator guide, participant guide, and DVD) and John: Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. She was one of the 100 religious scholars in the United States to contribute to the Values and Voices Campaign ( Her next two books are Embody: Five Steps to Leading With Integrity and A Lay Preacher’s Guide: Eight Steps Toward Crafting a Faithful Sermon (both in May 2020).

Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Lewis holds degrees from Northwestern University (B.A.), Luther Seminary (M.Div.), and Emory University (Ph.D., New Testament Studies and Homiletics). She has served as Treasurer of Academy of Homiletics and Regional Coordinator for the Upper Midwest Region of the Society of Biblical Literature. Lewis is the Program Director of the Festival of Homiletics and Chair-Elect of the Homiletics and Biblical Studies Section of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Lewis leads conferences, workshops, and retreats internationally on the Gospel of John, the New Testament, interpreting the Bible, preaching, leadership, and women in ministry. She is a contributing writer for Working Preacher, co-host of the site's weekly podcast, Sermon Brainwave, and authored the Dear Working Preacher column for five years. Visit for resources on preaching and being a woman in ministry.

Theme: “Conversation Matters: Preaching John in Matthew's Lent”

What does a preacher do with Lent Year A when faced with four of the most important passages in John? Especially when you have been doing just fine preaching through Matthew? Our time this year at the Byberg Conference will focus on the homiletical possibilities of these texts, with a larger vision cast toward the particularities and sensitivities when it comes to preaching on the Fourth Gospel. Time spent with these rich and wonderful stories will not only speak about the meaning of faith to your congregations, but will also enrich your own sense of call as a preacher.

Presentation One: The Conversation Between Jesus and Nicodemus (John 3:1-17; 2nd Sunday in Lent)

Presentation Two: The Conversation Between Jesus and the Woman at the Well (John 4:5-42; 3rd Sunday in Lent)

Presentation Three: The Conversation Between Jesus and the Man Born Blind (John 9:1-41; 4th Sunday in Lent)

Presentation Four: The Conversation Between Jesus and Martha (John 11:1-45; 5th Sunday in Lent)