DR. Rod casey
Instructor in Preaching
Doctor of Ministry
Dr. Casey loves to consider the intersection of a robust theology, a contextualized audience, and best practices of communication. His doctoral project involved the application of Christian education methods into standard evangelical homiletic practice. Or, putting the sermon beyond the lecture format. He likes to experiment and take risks with the preaching process. Lately, he is intrigued with pericopal theology and speech act theory's (Abraham Kuruvilla) relevance to preaching.
Enhancing the Clarity and Relevance of Sermons for an Emerging Generation
Adult Learning Needs
Biblical preaching inherently focuses on the text preached—and this is right and good. Preaching to an emerging generation influenced by a secular society must give increased attention to how the message is heard by its sermon hearers. This means that preachers must understand the learning needs of adults and the cultural factors influencing them in order to employ a homiletic methodology sufficient for Christian formation.
Statements Expressing the Problem:
Preaching that appeals only to those within the walls of that church is preaching to a too narrowly defined context of hearers. Biblical preaching should reach into the marketplace of ideas. Its influence should be felt in the community. Failing to understand adult learning needs and the cultural factors influencing them results in a homiletic that is inadequate for reaching an emerging generation and discipling them into full maturity.
The mere giving of information is not enough. It is the work of preachers to work hard at giving the propositions meaning and application in as persuasive a way as possible. While they are utterly dependent upon the Spirit of God for life change, this reality does not negate their responsibility to diligently study and apply the best of available resources to motivate Christ-likeness. These resources include tools that appeal to more than just the mind, but to the imaginations and emotions of the hearers as well.
The schedule has been updated due to the weather prediction of inclement weather on Monday. Please note changes
and update your calendars. If Acadia University campus is closed on Monday, then the Evening Lecture is available via Live
Last updated: February 12th
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH
7:00 – 9:00 - Evening Lecture 1 -Adult learning needs - Live Stream Only
Lecturer: Dr. Rod Casey
Live Stream Only
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH
11:00 - 12;00 - Seminar - CANCELLED due to weather
2:00 - 4:00 PM - Workshop - How to Preach in moves - Live Stream only
7:00 – 9:00 pm - Evening Lecture 2 - Cultural Factors - Live stream only
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH
8:30 - 10:00 am - Prayer Breakfast - manning memorial chapel
Devotional Speaker: Rev. Dr. Matthew Walsh, Lecturer in Biblical Studies, ADC
11:30 - 12:30 - Simpson worship Service - manning memorial chapel
Preacher: Dr. Rod Casey
12:45 - 1:45 - Community Lunch - Acadia Divinity College
Join us for lunch at Acadia Divinity College following the chapel service. Suggested donation for lunch is $3.
2:00 - 4:00 - Workshop - Less Assumptive Preaching: Tips & Tools - Sheldon L. fountain Learning commons
5:00 - 6:30 - ADC Friends AND ALUMNI Supper - Wolfville baptist church
An annual tradition. Come enjoy a meal together and hear about what God has been doing in, and through, ADC.
7:00 – 9:00 pm - Evening Lecture 3 - homiletic methodology - Sheldon L. fountain Learning commons
9:00 – 9:30 pm - Reception - Sheldon L. fountain Learning commons
Storm Cancellation Policy
If the campus of Acadia University is closed due to weather:
- All planned events of the 2017 Simpson Lectures will be cancelled.
- We will continue to live stream all evening lectures.
We encourage everyone who is planning on attending the evening lectures to register and provide an email address. Registration will allow you to access the live stream option.
For event information, please contact Trisha Urquhart at firstname.lastname@example.org or 902-585-2217.
Mr. Gerald K. Simpson of Fairhaven, Deer Island, New Brunswick, established an endowment in 1979 to finance an annual series of lectures on the practice of ministry prepared primarily for students, pastors, and spouses. The lecturers are outstanding persons in ministry who focus on the role of the minister as both preacher and pastor. This lectureship has welcomed many distinguished preachers including John N. Gladstone, Haddon W. Robinson, Alan Sell, and Gardner Taylor.
We are grateful for Gerald Simpson’s generosity by which this lectureship is offered free of charge.