Past Preaching Days

Romans 6: Walking in Newness of Life (May 2023)

Wycliffe College is pleased to welcome Professor Klyne Snodgrass who with Professor Stephen Chester will be leading us in Preaching Day 2023.  Professor Snodgrass, who taught for 41 years at North Park Theological Seminary and has served in several interim pastorates will be joining Professor Stephen Chester who is also a professor and preacher as they lead us in an engagement with Romans 6. Romans 6 takes us into the paradoxical heart of the good news of God in Jesus Christ: newness of life results from dying with Christ in baptism, and freedom from sin is expressed in slavery to righteousness. It is a vital passage both for the preacher and for the community as we seek to live into our new life in Christ. 

Preaching on Mission: Preaching in Ways that faithfully and truthfully engage the text and the context (2022)

“The Church is not meant to call men and women out of the world into a safe religious enclave

but to call them out in order to send them back as agents of God’s kingship”
-- Lesslie Newbigin --

This year for preaching day we are delighted that Ed Stetzer, Professor and Dean at Wheaton College and the Executive Director of the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center, will be our speaker.

Ed has revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, he has written hundreds of articles and a dozen books including Christians in the Age of Outrage: How to Bring our Best when the World is at its Worst and Planting Missional Churches. With his broad ecclesial experience and his commitment to fostering and encouraging churches in the Mission of God, Ed will be bringing his practical experience and wisdom to address the question of preaching mission in the Church today.

Engaging the Parables of Jesus (2021)

Professor Klyne Snodgrass is Emeritus Professor of New Testament at North Park Theological Seminary where he taught for forty-one years. His most important publications are Ephesians in The NIV Application Commentary, Stories with Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus, and Who God Says You Are: A Christian Understanding of Identity. For twenty-five years he was editor of Ex Auditu: An International Journal for the Theological Interpretation of Scripture.

The Psalms: Songs of Healing (2020)

Dr. Ellen F. Davis is Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School. The author of eleven books and many articles, Dr. Davis’ research interests focus on how biblical interpretation bears on the life of faith communities and their response to urgent public issues, particularly the ecological crisis and interfaith relations. For Preaching Day 2020, Dr. Davis will be exploring preaching from the Psalms in the context of some of the different traumas we experience in life and in ministry such as the opioid crisis, PTSD, and the global refugee crisis. Dr. Davis is the author of 11 books and is a well-respected and sought after public speaker, teacher, and scholar.


Preaching John: The Gospel of the Beloved Disciple (2019)

Dr. Joseph Mangina (Professor of Systematic Theology, Wycliffe College and currently working on a constructive ecclesiology tentatively titled, The True Vine: Figural Ecclesiology and the Gospel of John)

Dr. Annette Brownlee (Chaplain, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Director of Field Education, Wycliffe College and author of, Preaching Jesus Christ Today: Six Questions for Moving from Scripture to Sermon)


Christ Meets Us In the Psalms (2018)

Jason Byassee (Butler Chair in Homiletics and Biblical Hermeneutics at Vancouver School of Theology and author of, Trinity: The God We Don't Know)

Preaching the Cross in our Rapidly Changing World (2017)

Fleming Rutledge (International preaching and teaching vocation and author of The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ)