The Preaching Institute hosts one-day events on the Beeson campus in order to provide ongoing education and encouragement to preachers in their lives and ministries. Events include conversations with Beeson professors around their research and teaching, as well as workshops that address the homiletical movement of "Text to Sermon" from a variety of perspectives. Text to Sermon events are hosted on four consecutive Fridays during the fall and spring semesters. Lunch is provided for Beeson students and members of the Birmingham community. These Preaching Institute events are designed with the aim of strengthening both preachers and their preaching. 

To view previous Text to Sermon workshops, check out our playlist here. To view the full playlist of past events of the Preaching Institute, click here

Preaching Institute Lunch Lecture with Michael Knowles
February 2, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Divinity Hall N-101

The Rev. Dr. Michael P. Knowles will give a lunch lecture sponsored by Beeson's Robert Smith Jr. Preaching Institute entitled, “Our Citizenship is in Heaven”: Reflections on Theological Homelessness.

Text to Sermon: Joel Busby
February 4, 12:20 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.

Beeson alum Joel Busby, pastor of Grace Fellowship in Birmingham, will give this Text to Sermon workshop based on a recent sermon he gave on Genesis 1:1-3, "The Spirit of God Was Hovering."

Text to Sermon: Kristen Padilla
February 11, 12:20 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.

Beeson alumna Kristen Padilla will discuss how she went from the text 1 Corinthians 2 to a sermon called, "Holy Spirit: Director of Divine Communication," which she gave in Hodges Chapel for Beeson’s community worship last spring.

Text to Sermon: Michael Novotny
February 18, 12:20 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.

Beeson alum Michael Novotny, rector of Christ the King Anglican Church in Birmingham, will discuss how he went from the text of Luke 1:39-56 to the sermon, "The New Eve."

Text to Sermon: Nic Seaborn
February 25, 12:20 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.

Beeson alum Nic Seaborn, pastor of Shades Crest Baptist Church in Birmingham, will discuss the influence of Helmut Thielicke in preparation for his sermon on Luke 15:11-24.

Day with a Beeson Author: Timothy George
March 14, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Beeson Divinity School

The Preaching Institute will host A Day with a Beeson Author featuring Dr. Timothy George, founding dean of Beeson Divinity School and now its distinguished research professor.