Join us to hear Anna Carter Florence deliver her presentation “Paying Attention to the Verbs”. Anna invites us into paying attention to the verbs, as a tool for exploring scripture.
Thursday March 3 at 10 a.m. The scripture Anna uses as an example is one of the “texts of terror” from the Bible, from 2 Samuel 13.
If you do a quick survey of any Bible passage, you’ll find that what is true in life is also true in scripture: the verbs dominate. Not adjectives; verbs. It’s what we do and don’t do that preoccupies human beings. And it’s the verbs we cannot imagine for ourselves (live, liberate, forgive, resurrect) that the church offers, and that we reach for. So what happens when we read scripture and let the verbs lead?
Anna Carter Florence is the Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She holds degrees from Yale College and Princeton Theological Seminary. A popular presenter at the Festival of Homiletics, her research focuses on testimony, feminist theology, the role of experience in preaching, and the history of preaching women. Her books include Preaching as Testimony and Inscribing the Word. She edited Inscribing the Text: Sermons and Prayers of Walter Brueggemann. Her Lyman Beecher Lectures on Preaching at Yale Divinity School are the basis of her recent book project.