2013 Institute on Biblical Preaching
A lot goes into the preparation of an effective sermon. We certainly want to get the content and delivery right. But we cannot forget the importance of the preacher’s heart for God and for the flock he serves. Please join us at this year’s Institute on Biblical Preaching as Dr. Harry Reeder guides us into a biblical understanding of the man, the message, and the ministry.
Dr. Timothy Z. Witmer
Coordinator, Department of Practical Theology
Speakers Schedule Directions
Registration for this conference is free, but it is required.
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ATTENTION WESTMINSTER ALUMNI:
You are invited to Westminster Theological Seminary's Alumni Luncheon following the Plenary Address on October 23rd. Please RSVP.
Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Time: Immediately following the 10:30 Plenary Address by Dr. Harry L. Reeder
Place: The Carriage House (formerly the Westminster Bookstore)
RSVP: Please RSVP for luncheon by emailing Nate Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org or checking the box marked "I wish to RSVP for the alumni lunch" when you register for the conference
The Alumni Luncheon is free, but an RSVP is required.
Harry L. Reeder
Dr. Reeder is the Senior Pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama and serves on Westminster Theological Seminary’s Board of Trustees. Having earned a Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary (where he serves as an adjunct faculty member), Pastor Reeder’s completed dissertation work on “The Biblical Paradigm of Church Revitalization” has blazed a remarkable trail of devotion to the ministry of Church Revitalization and leadership development both nationally and internationally. His passion for Church Revitalization ignited the publication of his book From Embers to a Flame- How God Can Revitalize Your Church. Along with a number of published works, he recently contributed to a chapter in the book John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine & Doxology on the life of John Calvin as a preacher in honor of his 500th birthday for Ligonier Ministries. Pastor Reeder and his wife, Cindy, are natives of Charlotte, North Carolina. They have three children and are the proud grandparents of eight grandchildren.
Carl Trueman (M.A., St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge; Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is Professor of Historical Theology and Church History and Paul Woolley Chair of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary. He also is a monthly columnist for Reformation21.com. He has authored numerous books, including, The Claims of Truth: John Owen’s Trinitarian Theology, The Wages of Spin: Critical Writings on Historic and Contemporary Evangelicalsim, Minority Report: Unpoplular Essays on Everything from Ancient Christianity to Zen Calvinism, and Republocrat: Confessions of a Liberal Conservative: Histories and Fallacies, and most recently: Fools Rush In: Where Monkeys Fear to Tread. He is also an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
John S. Leonard
Dr. Leonard (M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, and Director of the Global Urban Missions program at Westminster Theological Seminary. Dr. Leonard has served as a missionary to Mission to the World and Arab World Ministries, Visiting Professor of Missions for Reformed Theological Seminary, and has been the Regional Director for Franco-phone Africa, Mission to the World. His passion, zeal, and gifting in the area of evangelism has birthed the publication of his new book Get Real; Sharing Your Everyday Faith Every Day to be released this October 2013 by New Growth Press. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America, Dr. Leonard serves as Senior Pastor at his church plant, Cresheim Valley Church in Philadelphia, PA. He and his wife Christy have been married for 28 years and have three children.
Originally from Media, Pennsylvania, Bruce Finn earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from West Chester University, a Masters of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministries degree from Reformed Theological Seminary. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America in 1980 and served two churches (Baltimore, Md; Hilton Head, S.C.) prior to planting a church in Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1986. In January 2005, Bruce began his ministry as the founder and Coordinator of Metro Philadelphia Church Planting Partnership. He supervises coaching and care for all church planters, gathers resources for a church planting movement and leads the implementation of a strategic plan to saturate the region with the Gospel and Gospel-centered churches. Bruce is the facilitator of monthly network gatherings for church planters and the director of the Philadelphia Church Planting Assessment Center. Bruce and Debbie Finn have been married for more than 39 years and have three children and one grandson.
Tuesday, October 22
1 Corinthians 1:10-25
The Primacy of Preaching and the Preacher
Dr. Harry Reeder
Wednesday, October 23
Preaching: The Man, The Message, and the Ministry Part I
Dr. Harry Reeder
Preaching: The Man, the Message, and the Ministry Part II
Dr. Harry Reeder
||Lunch (in local restaurants)
Alumni Luncheon @ Carriage House (complimentary)
Why is Good Preaching so Rare?
Dr. Carl Trueman
Preaching and Evangelism
Dr. John S. Leonard
Preaching and Church Planting
Dr. Bruce Finn
||Seminars (Repeated from 2:00pm)
||Dinner (in local restaurants)
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
The Profile of Preaching and Preacher
Dr. Harry Reeder