November 4, 2019
The Ostrich and the Dominee: Homiletics in an Anxious Age
Have you ever stayed up all night, wondering what to say, how to say it, and when to say it?
Has your recycling bin overflowed with piles of crumpled notes, unfit for use?
Have you ever felt your heart pound in your chest as you rose to speak? As if something was stuck in your throat as your microphone went live?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you are probably a preacher.
Whether it is easy or not, and whether you like it or not, you are called to speak in public. You preach through election seasons and national tragedies. You lead the prayers of the people in the aftermath of terrorist attacks and in the middle of high-octane controversies. Perhaps you face the weekly pressures of “Why don’t you say something?” or, “Why did you say that?”
If you’ve ever wonder what it means to be faithful to your calling in an anxious age, we invite you to the 2019 Bast Preaching Festival featuring Rev. Timothy Blackmon, Wheaton College Chaplain.
Tim’s lectures entitled The Ostrich and the Dominee: Homiletics in an Anxious Age will take a close look at the power and the pitfalls of a preacher’s public speech. We will explore what it means to speak for God, with conviction, clarity and creativity during troubled times.
Rev. Timothy Blackmon is the chaplain of Wheaton College. He grew up in The Netherlands, earned a Bible and Theology degree at the European Bible Institute in Lamorlaye, France, and graduated from Calvin Theological Seminary with and M.Div. Rev. Blackmon has served church plants in California as well as The American Protestant Church of The Hague in The Netherlands prior to becoming the sixth chaplain of Wheaton in 2015.