November 9, 2012 — “Sex, Second Coming & Sanctification: Preaching 1 Thessalonians” was the title of a day-long conference this fall jointly sponsored by Calvin Theological Seminary and the Center for Excellence in Preaching.
Prof. Jeffrey Weima speaks to pastors about 1 Thessalonians.
Some 40 preachers from West Michigan attended the seminar and heard Jeffrey Weima, professor of New Testament at Calvin Seminary, discuss Paul’s theologically rich epistle.
During his sessions at Hillside Community Church in Cutlerville, Mich., Weima introduced pastors to the major topics taken up in 1 Thessalonians: the sanctity of sex, the second coming of Christ, comfort concerning believers who have passed away, models of behavior for church leaders, and more.
The aim of the seminar was to help preachers brush up on the exegetical steps required in moving from the “there and then” of the biblical text to the “here and now” of today.
For each session, Weima first presented a detailed explanation of the biblical text. Then the pastors spent time discussing how that message should be communicated to their congregations.