SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

February 11, 2018
“What We Talk about When We Talk about Communion”
Preaching at two morning services and workshop after church
First Christian Church, Jefferson City, MO
October 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2017
“Don’t Know Much about the Bible”
Tuesdays at 7 pm as part of Country Club Christian Church’s weeknight classes.
If there ever was a time when everyone attending Sunday services knew the Bible well, it’s no longer the case. Surveys indicate we are better at naming the four members of The Beatles than the names of the four Gospels. Even entering seminarians admit to lacking basic knowledge of the biblical texts. In this introduction, we will explore the library of documents we call “Bible.” We will get an overview of both testaments and discuss approaches to reading more closely and fully.
October 29, November 5 and 12, 2017
“How to Read the Bible like a Seminary Professor”
Sunday mornings at 10 am as part of Country Club Christian Church’s adult education program. Thomas Foster’s book, How to Read Literature like a Professor, invites readers to glimpse how English professors discover insights that students often miss. Adapting his title, this class will consider the techniques taught in seminaries for how to interpret the Bible, including older as well as newer methodologies. In addition to looking at these methods, we’ll consider biblical texts used in Sunday sermons this past year.
September 28, 2017
Narrative Preaching Workshop, American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Morgan, Colorado.
Mike will draw upon his book The Story of Narrative Preaching, as he leads a day-long workshop on creative preaching today.
September  12, 19 and 26, 2017
“Table Talk: Rethinking Communion”Tuesdays at 7 pm
As part of Country Club Christian Church’s weeknight classes, this study will explore three key dynamics of the Jesus meal: intimacy, inclusion, and joy. Material will be drawn from Mike’s upcoming book Table Talk.
September 25, 2017
7th Annual Preaching Festival, Monica Park Christian Church,
Garland, Texas.
Mike will be speaking about what it means to preach for people no longer interested in church and how the dinner church movement might be a means of evangelism and outreach.
August 2017
“A Good and Joyful Thing”
On August 5 and 6, Mike preached at all five services for Church of the Resurrection’s Leawood campus. The sermon comes out of his book on early Communion practices. The sermon may be found at this link: http://cor.org/leawood/sermons#d/sermon/12169/cor_l
April 2017
Sewanee School of Theology, Chattanooga, TN
“The Magic of Craddock Stories.”

Mike has also lectured, preached, and led workshops at:
Methodist Theological Seminary in Ohio
Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth
Methodist Theological University in Seoul, S. Korea
Saint Andrews University in Scotland
Princeton Theological Seminary’s Summer Institute
Spurgeon’s College in London
and was a Fellow at the College of Preachers in Washington, D.C.