Rev. Barber at the 2014 Seymour Symposium at Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church

The following video was shot at Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 2014. Rev. Barber was the keynote speaker at Binkley’s Seymour Symposium that year, and the video presents roughly seven minutes from his much more in-depth discussion. Story of America has called this short clip Rev. Dr. Barber’s most compelling seven minutes to date.

Here you can witness a few minutes of well informed expository preaching based on a close reading a biblical text.

Class or no class this Sunday

The church newsletter this week lists our class as meeting one more time this Sunday. We ended the class last Sunday, so this was a surprise to me. Still, there may be some who see the note in the newsletter and assume we are meeting, so I will be there at 9:30 for informal conversation with any who choose to come.

Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017

This Sunday we will view the final segment of the documentary, “Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot.” Here are a few questions to consider while you view the documentary:

  1. Why were ministers from all over the country in Selma? What risks did they take?
  2. What happened to Rev. James Reeb?
  3. What was the significance of the barricade around the George Washington Carver Homes?
  4. Why was President Johnson’s use of the phrase “we shall overcome” meaningful to marchers?
  5. What was the immediate effect of the passage of the Voting Rights Act?

 

Energizing and Amazement in Jesus of Nazareth

Tomorrow morning (October 29, 2017) we will look at the elements of energizing and amazement as parts of what it means to call Jesus a prophet. We will read several short passages from the Gospels and one rather long one from the ending of Luke.

I hope you can make it. I think we will have a lively discussion.

You can find the presentation I will use here.

Class schedule, and tomorrow’s class

Antonio Balestra (18th Century)

I have updated the class schedule to reflect recent changes. Last week we were off the schedule, and now we will be back in line with what is published. Tomorrow’s class will be based around chapters 40-55 of Isaiah and pages 59-79 of Brueggemann’s book.

No class this Sunday (October 8, 2017)

Binkley Chancel Choir

The choir will be away this Sunday for our annual choir retreat, and I will be with them. I will look forward to seeing you again on October 15!

Cultural Consciousness and the Practice of Prophecy

Detail from Solomon at his throne, by Andreas Brugger

Brueggeman presents the notion of “Royal Consciousness” in his second chapter (pages 21-37). This Sunday we will examine this idea and our own cultural consciousness as objects of prophetic criticism and energizing. Join us for a lively discussion.

We will read three short passages from 1 Kings and explore questions raised by the royal agenda and impact of Solomon. We will also examine ways these same questions remain relevant in today’s world.

The presentations that I will use can be found here.

Book to accompany the Prophetic Imagination Class

In this morning’s discussion introducing the class, I failed to mention the book by Walter Brueggemann that I will be referencing during the first several weeks. The book is entitled The Prophetic ImaginationYou can obtain a print copy of the book at Amazon.com, or an electronic copy for Kindle.

The class schedule will let you know which pages to read before each class. Next Sunday we will discuss Exodus 1-18 and pages 1-19 of Brueggemann’s book. You are not required to read the book, of course, but you may find that it makes the discussions more meaningful.

Schedule page for the Prophetic Imagination class

Schedule ImageI have added a page for the new class (The Prophetic Imagination in the Bible and in American Culture). It includes a tentative schedule with three open Sundays at the end of the term. I have left those Sundays open so we can adapt the class as we go along, expanding where needed to suit the interests of those of you who attend.

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you there on September 10!