Preaching Bob Marley

In gratitude for the fact that winning Harvard’s historic Billings Preaching Prize helped me get to Morocco and Senegal summer of 2011, I thought I’d link the sermon here.  The link has the entire moving service, if you only got 10 minutes or so you can scroll to 47 minute mark to hear mine.  Special thanks here to both of my preaching professors, the extraordinary Rev Charles Adams who got this journey started by offering a class my first semester at HDS called “Preaching for Social Change” where I was given the freedom to base sermons off of sacred texts like the letters of MLK, the meditations of Thich Nhat Hanh, the essays of W.E.B. Du Bois, and the lyrics of Bob Marley (though Rev Adams did also steer me toward Tillich and Barth).  Hallelujah shouts too to Dr. Kirk Byron Jones whose “Jazz of Preaching” class at Boston University invited me to bring more joy and swing to my preaching.  So deeply grateful for the profound gift of working with both professors and receiving so much support and encouragement from them.

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