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Keynote speaker Dr. Haddon Robinson will explore preaching in the post-modern world

Communication and Technology May Be Threatening the Traditional Sermon


In a changing world of fast paced communication and advancing technology, we may be losing a form of time honored traditional worship: the sermon. And that is the question Dr. Haddon Robinson hopes to answer at Christian Leaders Day on June 21, “How can expository preaching retain its relevance?”

Hosted by Providence College and Seminary from June 20-21, the conference is a chance for pastors, Christian leaders and anyone else interested to begin to think about “Preaching that Crosses the Divide.”

Event organizer and associate professor for education and student development, Stan Hamm, wonders if churches and culture have changed creating the possibility that the sermon is no longer a key component of worship. Hamm said, “I believe one of the divides that preaching needs to cross is the cultural divide; how do we explain the relevance of the Bible for today even though it was written several thousand years ago?”

As the keynote speaker, Dr. Robinson will be exploring the relevance and value of expository preaching in the post-modern world with sessions on, “Speaking as Listeners Like It,” “Tell them the Old Old Story,” and “Imagination: A Neglected Tool for Biblical Preaching.” Dr. Robinson is widely regarded as an expert in the area of preaching. He teaches at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he is the Harold J. Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching. He is also the colourful discussion leader for the RBC Ministries' Discover the Word radio program in addition to writing for Our Daily Bread and has authored a number of books on pastoral concerns.

Other featured workshops will target different tracks, like pastors, youth leaders, and pastors of outreach ministries. “Tensions in Leading and Following” will be directed at pastors and led by Dr. E. James Scobbie, a minister with the Evangelical Free Church of Canada. Dr. Chris Marchand, associate professor of Youth Leadership at Providence College will be targeting youth pastors and leaders with a session on “Capturing the Adolescent Imagination.” The outreach ministries track will feature a workshop by Howard Jolly, pastor of the First Nations Community Church in Winnipeg, MB, called “Relationship Discipleship with a Kingdom Mentality.”

The two-day conference starts with a free evening worship service on Sunday, June 20 beginning at 7:30 PM. The evening will include music and a challenging message from Dr. Robinson. The service will be followed by a time of refreshments and fellowship in the Reimer Student Life Centre.

To request a registration form, email Gayle Penner at The early bird cost is only $99.00 per person (before June 1) and includes coffee breaks and lunch in the Reimer Student Life Centre. On June 1 and after, the cost is $113.00 per person. Overnight accommodations are available on campus for $20.00 per person for single rooms or $15.00 per person for double occupancy.

For more information call Stan Hamm as 204-433-7488 or email

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