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January 16-18

Cannon Beach, OR

Our speaker:  David Lose


The Rev. Dr. David J. Lose is president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). Lose assumed his duties at the start of the 2014-2015 academic year. He was Marbury Anderson Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, before accepting the presidency at LTSP. Dr. Lose shares his thoughts on his blog …in the Meantime and on Day1.

“For one hundred and fifty years, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia has formed public leaders for a public church,” Lose said. “Its deep confessional roots, ecumenical commitments, and responsiveness to its context and constituents have never been needed more than today. I am both humbled by the community’s trust and thrilled by the prospect of working alongside great colleagues and students to lead the school into the future God has prepared for us.”

“Dr. Lose’s exemplary skills include strategic planning, relationship building, and an entrepreneurial spirit that will enable him to guide the seminary into a strong and bold future,” said the Rev. Dr. Elise Brown, who chairs the seminary Board of Trustees, on announcing the appointment of Dr. Lose.

Dr. Lose, 49, earned both his MDiv and STM at LTSP. A member of the preaching faculty at Luther Seminary since 2000, Lose served as Academic Dean from 2005-2008, was the founding director of the Center for Biblical Preaching, led the creative team that developed, and directed several grants funded by the Lilly Endowment to research congregational vitality. He has been greatly interested in exploring new models for congregational leadership and witness in the twenty-first century.

Born in Hughesville, a little town in Northeast Pennsylvania, Dr. Lose spent most of his youth in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and then in high school moved a bit north to Myerstown. He is a 1988 graduate (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) of Franklin & Marshall College, where he was co-founder of a Habitat for Humanity chapter at the school, played varsity soccer, and was president of the Senior Honor Society. He was awarded his MDiv at LTSP in 1993, receiving several scholarly honors and serving as class president. He earned an STM with a concentration in Biblical Studies from LTSP in 1997. Subsequently, Lose earned a four-year Presidential Scholarship to Princeton Theological Seminary, where he was awarded a PhD in homiletics in 2000.

Prior to his faculty appointment at Luther Seminary, Lose held pastorates at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Summit, New Jersey, (1993-96), Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Audubon, New Jersey, (1997-98) and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Princeton Junction, New Jersey, (1998-2000).

The author of a half-dozen books, his latest volume, Making Sense of the Christian Life (Augsburg Fortress), is forthcoming next fall. He is the author of scores of articles and book chapters, many of them focusing on the contemporary challenges of preaching in a changed and changing world, and was principal writer of the weekly letter “Dear Working Preacher,” which is typically viewed 50,000 times a month. His extensive record of community service includes current membership on the Board of Directors for Lutheran World Relief.

Dr. Lose makes his home in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Karin, son, Jack, 16, and daughter, Katie, 14.

The Program:

Preaching in a Postmodern, Post-Christian World
We all know something has changed. Church – and preaching – seems somehow harder. Or maybe it’s that we’re not as sure the way we were taught to preaching works as well as it once did and wonder how we can change (or maybe even if we can change). Join us as we discuss the shifting cultural landscape and the challenges and opportunities of preaching in a culture that no longer assumes the Christian story and explore a variety of possibilities for preaching sermons that are as fitting to the world in which we live as they are faithful to the Gospel.

Session 1: Where Did All the People Go? Narrative and Preaching in the Age of Digital Pluralism
The advent of digital technology has created a number of changes in our lives. Among them is that we now live in a world where there are multiple and competing narratives, stories, worldviews and perspectives, all vying for the attention and allegiance of our people. In this situation, it’s never been more important to offer a compelling version of the Christian story in our preaching.

Session 2: The Rule of Unintended Consequences (Or, How the church we built in the 50s isn’t serving us quite as well anymore!)
There are a number of important, valued, even cherished elements of our life of faith that lately are making it more difficult to gain a hearing for the gospel. Let’s name them…and get ready to change them for the sake of the gospel.

Session 3: Coloring Outside the Lines, Pt. 1: Entertaining a Narrative Lectionary
If our folks need to know and use the Christian story, maybe it’s time to offer it on Sundays in a way that makes sense. Taking some clues from the resurgence of long-form fiction on television and radio, we’ll explore the possibility of immersing our hearers in the biblical story once more.

Session 4: Coloring Outside the Lines, Pt. 2: Participatory Preaching
How do we peach in a way that helps people not just learn the story, but use it to make sense of their lives and share it with others. Interestingly, it’s the same way we learn how to do almost anything else that matters to us – practice! Come prepared to consider how it is we help people not just listen to, but actually participate in, the proclamation of the Word…on Sundays and throughout the week.

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January 11-14
Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center


Dr. Eric Barreto

“A People for God’s Name”: Believing and Belonging in Luke-Acts

Survey after survey demonstrates that ethnic diversity is only increasing in recent days and yet many of our churches remain culturally homogeneous. What might a church that invites diversity look like? We will turn to the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles to wonder together how God’s gift of diversity might take root in our lives together. Too ofter, our tendency has been to imagine that our faith “solves” the “problems” of diversity by making us all one, the same. In contrast, the author of Luke-Acts views our differences as a gift to be treasured not a difficulty to be overcome. Survey after survey demonstrates that ethnic diversity is only increasing in recent days and yet many of our churches remain culturally homogeneous. What might a church that invites diversity look like? We will turn to the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles to wonder together how God’s gift of diversity might take root in our lives together. Too ofter, our tendency has been to imagine that our faith “solves” the “problems” of diversity by making us all one, the same. In contrast, the author of Luke-Acts views our differences as a gift to be treasured not a difficulty to be overcome.

Eric D. Barreto is Associate Professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and an ordained Baptist minister. The author of Ethnic Negotiations: The Function of Race and Ethnicity in Acts 16 (Mohr Siebeck, 2010), the co-author of New Proclamation Year C 2013: Easter through Christ the King (Augsburg Fortress, 2013), and editor of Reading Theologically (Fortress Press, 2014) and Thinking Theologically (Fortress Press, 2015), he is also a regular contributor to, the Huffington Post,, and For more, go to and follow him on Twitter (@ericbarreto).

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Cannon Beach, Oregon

January 13-15, 2014

Preaching the Verbs

If you do a quick survey of any bible passage, you’ll find that what is true in life is also true in scripture: the verbs dominate.  Not adjectives; verbs.  It’s what we do and don’t do that preoccupies human beings.  And it’s the verbs we cannot imagine for ourselves (live, liberate, forgive, resurrect) that the church offers, and that we reach for, week after week.  So what happens when we read scripture and let the verbs lead?  In this conference, Anna puts a twist on dramatic theory and invites us to read the biblical “script” by focusing on the verbs that are given and chosen by the characters.

What new things will we see and hear in both our sacred text and our human drama when we connect the verbs?

How can that, in turn, change and renew our preaching?

 Our Speaker:  Dr. Anna Carter Florence

ACFDr. 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 the Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary and author of Preaching as Testimony.

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Cannon Beach, Oregon

January 14-16, 2013

Preaching and the God of the Old Testament

Terence Fretheim

The God of the Old Testament has created some problems for the church through the years, not least in its preaching and teaching.  For example, what will preachers do with all of that violent language for God?  What will preachers do with all that law?   At the same time, the Old Testament is filled with images of God that are highly relational.  Can those images of God help us in working with the legal and violent images?  What does it mean for God to enter into a relationship with us that is “real”?  What effect do our words (such as prayers) and actions have on God’s way of working in the world?  How might such understandings affect the way in which we think about God’s power, God’s will, and the shape of the future?  We will explore several Old Testament texts that help us draw out some responses to these issues.

Terence Fretheim is Elva B. Lovell Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, where he has taught seminarians for more than 40 years.  He has been rostered in the SWWashington Synod since the beginning of the ELCA.  He is the author of 23 books and over 100 articles.  His most recent books are Abraham: Trials of Family and Faith (Univ. of South Carolina Press, 2009) and Creation Untamed: The Bible, God, and Natural Disasters (Baker, 2010).  He has also taught at theological schools in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Cairo, Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco.  Terry is married and has two children and three grandchildren.


1.  On Preaching the Relational God of the Old Testament.

2.  Issues of Divine Self-Limitation

3.  The Violence of God in the Old Testament.

4.  God, Job, and the Problem of Suffering.


Preaching in a Context of Conflict

Richard Jaech

Richard Jaech is the pastor of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Vancouver, WA, and a consultant to congregations and pastors.   He is the author of Transforming Church Conflict: A Guide for Pastors and Leaders and also offers a blog site addressing congregation dynamics,   In addition to his M.Div. degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, he holds a Master of Arts in Conflict Facilitation and Organizational Change from the Process Work Institute in Portland, OR.

January 30-February 1, 2012

Presenter: The Rev. Craig Satterlee

About our Presenter

Craig A. Satterlee is professor at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, where he holds the Axel Jacob and Gerda Maria (Swanson) Carlson Chair in Homiletics. He is also Dean of the ACTS Doctor of Ministry in Preaching Program and adjunct professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame.

Professor Satterlee received the B.A. from the University of Michigan, M.Div. and S.T.M. (pastoral care) from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, and M.A. and Ph.D. in homiletics and liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame.

Professor Satterlee is the author of seven books, serves as editor of “Preaching Helps” for Currents in Theology and Mission, and frequently contributes to both scholarly and ecclesiastical journals. Dr. Satterlee’s scholarly interests include the relationship of preaching and areas of congregational life and mission, including liturgy, spirituality, stewardship, mission, and leadership. He also studies patristic preaching, most notably that of Ambrose of Milan, and the worship of the early church.

Professor Satterlee is described as belonging  “to the relatively small group of working homileticians whose work can justifiably be said to have changed the agenda of the discipline.”  His books are described as “superb examples of practical theology, remaining fully theological while engaging on-the-ground realities in the life of the church.”

Dr. Satterlee is vice president of the North American Academy of Liturgy, and a member of Societas Liturgica, Societas Homiletica, and the Academy of Homiletics.

Ordained in 1987, Pastor Satterlee served congregations in Upstate New York and Michigan before being called to LSTC. He regularly leads continuing education events throughout the church. Firmly grounded in parish ministry, Pastor Satterlee currently serves as consulting pastor of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Glenwood, IL, and also preaches and presides in congregations of the ELCA.

As a person who is legally blind, Dr. Satterlee has a passion for ministry with persons with disabilities and a unique perspective on the Christian faith, church, and world.

Craig and his family make their home in Chicago’s Hyde Park.

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Suggested Books:

Charles L. Campbell, The Word Before the Powers:  An Ethic of Preaching (WJK, 2002).

Jana Childers, Birthing the Sermon:  Women Preachers on the Creative Process (Christian Board of Publication, 2001).

Anna Carter Florence, Preaching as Testimony (WJK, 2007).

Mike Graves, The Fully Alive Preacher:  Recovering of Homiletical Burnout (WJK, 2006(.

Eunjo Mary Kim, Preaching in an Age of Globalization (WJK, 2010).

Cleophus J. La Rue, I Believe I’ll Testify:  The Art of African American Preaching (WJK, 2011).

James R. Nieman, Knowing the Context: Frames, Tools, and Signs for Preaching (Fortress, 2008).

Craig A. Satterlee, Preaching and Stewardship: Proclaiming God’s Invitation to Grow, The Alban Institute, Herndon, VA, 2011.

Craig A. Satterlee, When God Speaks through You: How Faith Convictions Shape Preaching and Mission, The Alban Institute, Herndon, VA, 2007.

Christine Smith, Preaching Justice:  Ethnic and Cultural Perspectives (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2008).

Session One: When the Preacher Is the Sermon

Session Two: What Is a Sermon?

Session Three: What About Them?

Session Four: Preaching About Money

Give Us Today our Daily Bread:

Preaching Abundant Life as Renewal for Creation

With Barbara Rossing and Ben Stewart

January 17-19, 2011

Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center

Three Sessions with Barbara Rossing:

How do preachers address climate change and other environmental issues without depressing the listener? How do we preach Jesus’ radical vision of hope for our future in the face of urgent ecological crises? Drawing on lectionary texts for Year A we will explore ways to preach the kingdom of God as a narrative of renewal for all creation, through biblical themes of food justice, hospitality, and sustainability.

One Session with Ben Stewart:

What formerly served as condemnation now serves as a gift: Preaching to Earth-creatures in the Ash Wednesday Era. In a fourth century sermon to the newly baptized, Ambrose of Milan urged his congregation not to understand the address “you are dust and to dust you shall return” as a condemnation, but rather as a gift. In an age in which ecological news is consistently experienced as condemnation, how do preachers tell (and assemblies hear) the whole truth about the goodness of the earth, the ecological perils of our age, our rootedness in the earth, and the promise of the gospel?

We are also looking forward to Eucharist with Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke preaching at our opening Eucharist at 2:30 PM on Monday the 17th!


Barbara Rossing

Barbara Rossing is Professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago where she also directs the Environmental Ministry Emphasis. Her publications for preachers include two New Proclamation preaching commentaries (Easter C, Easter A, Fortress Press) as well as The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation (Basic Books), Journeys Through Revelation: Apocalyptic Hope for Today (Presbyterian Women 2010-11 Bible study) and book chapters and articles on New Testament and ecology. She served as pastor at Holden Village as well as at Harvard Divinity School and Bethany Lutheran Church, Minneapolis. She chaired the Lutheran World Federation program committee for Theology and Studies 2003-10, helping the LWF develop theological responses to global climate change, leading up to the 2010 LWF assembly theme of “Give Us Today Our Daily Bread” in Stuttgart, Germany. She is currently on leave in Leavenworth, Washington, where her research focuses on climate change and the Bible.

Benjamin Stewart

The Rev. Dr. Benjamin M. Stewart is Gordon A. Braatz Assistant Professor of Worship and Dean of Augustana Chapel at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He is especially interested in the interactions between ritual, bodies, and place. Ben has served as pastor to a small Appalachian community and to Holden Village retreat center. He holds degrees from Capital University, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and Emory University. His forthcoming book addresses Christian worship and ecology.

Session One: Barbara Rossing

Session Two: Barbara Rossing

Session Three: Barbara Rossing

Session 4: Ben Stewart

Session 5: Lutherans Restoring Creation




May 3, 4 & 5, 2010

Trinity Lutheran Church
812 N 5th St
Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho

Through Mediterranean Eyes

The New Testament was not written for 21st century Americans. Rather, it speaks the language, metaphors and issues of the ancient Mediterranean world. In the same way, Jesus spoke primarily to and about Mediterranean peasants. It was their lives that provided the material for the stories he told and it was to them that he announced the coming kingdom of God. His audience could never have imagined the fast-paced, individualistic, guilt-oriented, introspective lives of modern Americans. For Americans, reading the Bible is therefore quite similar to a cross-cultural conversation — subject to all kinds of cultural misunderstanding.
 So how did ancient Mediterranean peasants understand Jesus’ stories?    Did they see in them the same things we do? Or did they pick up things we miss? Moreover, is it possible that we unknowingly import our culture into the stories, thereby distorting what they once meant? In this workshop we will look at a series of stories in the Gospel of Luke in order to ask: How did Jesus’ stories look through Mediterranean eyes? And is it possible for 21st century Americans to cross the cultural divide and gain common ground with the ancient peasant audience of Jesus?

Richard Rohrbaugh

Richard Rohrbaugh is the Paul S. Wright Professor of Christian Studies at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He teaches the courses on Jewish and Christian origins, including courses on both the Old and New Testaments.
His special area of research is the anthropology of the early Christian period and especially the social and cultural world 
of the New Testament. He is the author of six books exploring the social and cultural context of the earliest Christian writings, especially the Gospels in the New Testament.

Session One: Social Scientific Criticism

Session Two: The Evil Eye

Session Three: Origins of Social Sciences and the Parable of the Talents

Session Four: The Hermeneutical Question in Parable of the Wicked Tenants

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Preaching in A Time of Lament

Canon Beach Conference Center
Canon Beach, Oregon
January 19-21, 2009

Kathleen D. Billman

Kadi Billman is Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Pastoral Theology at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. She was called to teach pastoral care at LSTC in 1992 after completing the Ph.D. at Princeton Theological Seminary. She served as parish pastor (8 years) after completing the M.Div. at PTS and as a part-time associate pastor (4 years) while completing the Ph.D. program. She wrote Rachel’s Cry: Prayer of Lament and Rebirth of Hope with Daniel L. Migliore (United Church Press, 1999) and several articles that pertain to our conference topic. She says, “Grief and righteous anger evoked by unjust suffering are two of God’s greatest gifts to be used in the service of abundant life. Preaching might tap that energy without demonizing human beings or human communities.”

Ralph w. Klein

Ralph Klein is Christ Seminary Seminex Professor of Old Testament emeritus at LSTC, editor of Currents in Theology and Mission, and curator of the LSTC rare books collection.  His website on the Old Testament and the Ancient Near East can be found at In the spring semester of 2009 he will be mentoring Lutheran candidates for ordination at Yale Divinity School. His book most pertinent for this conference is Israel in Exile: A Theological Interpretation (reprinted by Sigler Press, Mifflintown, PA, in 2002). His  commentary on 1 Chronicles appeared in the Hermeneia series (2006) and the second edition of his 1 Samuel commentary in the Word series (Thomas Nelson, 2008).

Ralph W. Klein: Lament in the Old Testament, Session One

Ralph W. Klein: Lament in the Old Testament, Session Two - Community Lament

Ralph W. Klein: Lament in the Old Testament, Session Three

Kadi Billman: Preaching in a Time of Lament, Session One - Shared Trauma

Kadi Billman: Preaching in a Time of Lament, Session Two - Context of a Lament


What Christianity is Not

The 17th Annual Byberg Preaching Workshop

January 14 through noon Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center,
Cannon Beach, OR 97110

Douglas John Hall is Emeritus Professor of Christian Theology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
In early life in Ontario, Dr. Hall studied music, philosophy, relig- ion, and English literature and worked at a newspaper. By age 21 he’d decided to enter the ministry of the United Church of Canada. He earned three graduate degrees (MDiv, STM, and ThD) from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, taught by Reinhold Neibuhr, Paul Tillich, and the like.
In New York he met and married fellow-Canadian Rhoda Catherine Palfrey. They have four adult children and six grandchildren.
After a congregational first call, Dr. Hall served as principal of a new experimental college in southern Ontario. He then became professor of systematic theology at a seminary in Saskatchewan. In 1975 he joined the vibrant, interfaith religion faculty at McGill University, retiring in 1995.
Dr. Hall is the author of some 25 books and numerous articles and the recipient of many awards and honors. His interests as a theologian have included developing a theology indigenous to North America; investigating Luther’s theology of the cross for our time; broadening the biblical symbol of “steward” to respond to the ecological crisis; drawing upon the arts as a resource for theology; and sustaining Christian faith as a thinking faith.

Religion in a Violent World:

Christianity Is Not a Cultur-Religion

Christianity Is Not a Religion of the Book

Christianity Is Not a System of Morality