MONDAY, October 23rd

Karoline Lewis – Bio
Amazing Grace in the Gospel of John

As much as we think we know God’s grace and believe in God’s grace, how do we define grace? This workshop will look at the use and means of grace in the Gospel of John so that we might be empowered to name experiences of grace in the lives of our people.

Casey Barton – Bio
Finding Grace in Graceless Places

Some stretches of scripture look to be all trouble and no grace. There are reasons preachers take the scenic route through the gospels but bypass Judges and certain Psalms. These seemingly graceless places are easier to avoid than they are to proclaim. How do preachers find God’s grace in stories when it seems to be absent? In this workshop we will examine a wider context for confronting wrenching texts. We can preach grace in seemingly graceless places because God’s gospel drama is bigger than any one moment of it, and because the final scene of that drama is already overwhelming every scene before it. Finding grace in these hard places then helps us find the grace in the hard places of the same story we live in now.

Scott Hoezee – Bio
Dangerous Grace? 

Someone once said that if in preaching the free grace of God you never get accused of being antinomian and of giving people a license to not take morality seriously, then you may not be preaching grace robustly enough!  And indeed, a robust and regular proclamation of grace alone often does lead to questions about the place of discipleship, morality, and sanctification in our preaching.  How can we talk about morality without undercutting grace?  In this workshop we will ponder these issues and be in dialogue especially with the Apostle Paul as we consider the wonders and possible dangers of grace-filled preaching.

Thérèse Samuel – Bio
Grace and Truth: Preaching Christ with a decolonizing look at the prologue to John’s Gospel.

The virtues of grace and truth are twinned in the Gospel of John because opening oneself to grace involves facing the truth.  However, the truth is sometimes hard to acknowledge, yet coming to terms with the truth about ourselves and our world can be what makes grace so amazing.  John 1:1-18, often read at Christmas time, has much to say to a church working to heal from its complicity in colonization and oppression at any time of the year.

Wanda Malcolm – Bio
A Foundation for Grace: Building a Sustainable Ministry Life

The history of the church over the past 250 years is full of God’s grace, giving us many reasons to be amazed and to sing God’s praise. Sadly, this same history includes stories of faith leaders who have burned out (and sometimes acted out) when overwhelmed by too many stressful hinderances to forging a sustainable life of faithful ministry. This workshop shares what we learned through the Wellness Project @ Wycliffe and outlines the ways in which we can build a support structure so that highly engaged but exhausted people can once again experience and convey God’s amazing grace.